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The latest things to know about the Takata air bag recall

FILE - This Oct. 22, 2014, file photo, shows the Takata building, an automotive parts supplier in Auburn Hills, Mich. On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Takata doubled the size of its air bag recall to 33.8 million air bags, making it the largest recall in U.S. history. The air bags can inflate with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. So far the problem has caused six deaths, including five in the U.S. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Out of concern for the safety of drivers, the U.S. government may step in to manage a giant recall of air bags made by Takata Corp.

On Thursday, the government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started the process to take control of the recall of 33.8 million air bags that can spew shrapnel into drivers or passengers.

The recall covers roughly one in seven vehicles on U.S. roads.

Many questions about the problem remain unanswered as an investigation continues, but here’s what you need to know about the largest automotive recall in U.S. history:


In a crash, the air bag can deploy with too much force and pelt unsuspecting drivers or passengers with fragments from a metal inflator, causing injury or even death. Six people have died and at least 105 have been injured.


Takata agreed this week to declare millions of air bag inflators defective. That added 17 million cars and trucks to existing recalls by 11 manufacturers — BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Daimler Trucks, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. Takata will need 33.8 million inflators for the repairs — so far it has made 3.8 million. At its estimated rate of production, it will take 2

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