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Takata Recall Expands to Include 7 Automakers

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Seven automakers are adding an estimated 4.4 million vehicles to an extensive Takata air bag inflator recall within the U.S.

Documents detailing recalls by BMW, General Motors and others, recently posted. Within a day, recalls from eight more automakers was posted. Among the recalls, General Motors had the largest total at 1.9 million, covering pickup trucks and large SUVs. The company released a statement that they would start the recall process in cooperation with the government, but disagrees that the vehicles pose an unreasonable safety risk.

The recalls are an extension of a massive recall of Takata air bags recalled in May. Seventeen automakers are adding nearly 40 million inflators to what was already the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

The chemical, ammonium nitrate, is used by Takata to create a small explosion hat inflates air bags during a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate over time when exposed to high heat and humidity and burn faster than designed.

To date, there have been 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide linked to the inflators.