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Mazda Air Bag Recall Expanded; Now Includes 14M Vehicles Globally

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By    |   Tuesday, 09 Dec 2014 01:18 PM

Mazda announced Tuesday it is expanding its air bag recall in the United States over concerns that the vehicles' Takata air bags may explode, Reuters reported.

Takata has been the focus of intense scrutiny over the air bags it provides to carmakers, the news agency noted, saying that the air bags have been connected to four deaths in the United States and an additional death in Malaysia.

The defective air bag inflators have the potential to explode and shoot shrapnel into the car and injure occupants, Reuters reported. Mazda will make the expansion within the U.S. soon, but it's not yet clear how many vehicles are included. The news agency said the entire recall has grown to about 14 million vehicles globally.

Last week, Honda announced it was expanding its nationwide recall of driver-side air bags to include another 3.2 million vehicles, according to the Detroit News. At that time, 10 carmakers had recalled nearly 11 million vehicles since 2013 because of the potentially defective air bags.

Honda announced earlier this month that it had stepped up work with suppliers Auotliv and Daicel to keep with the demand for replacement parts.

"Why are we doing this? Because our customers have concerns and we want to address them," Rick Schostek, an executive vice president at Honda North America, told a U.S. House subcommittee last week, according to the News.

The New York Times reported in November that the House took a renewed interest in Takata, which faced a brief investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2010, though no action was taken.

"Claims such as these have raised additional concerns about Takata's handling of air bag issues and are one of the reasons we’re compelling them to produce documents and answer questions, under oath," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said at the time.

Along with the deaths, federal regulators have received complaints about Takata-made air bags that allegedly caused at least 139 injuries, noted The Times.

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