3.3 million Takata air bags being recalled

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A chemical used in the explosion that inflates the air bag deteriorates in high humidity and temperatures causing the metal canister to blow apart which could lead to injury and death.

At least 20 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 people have been injured.

Major vehicle manufacturers affected by the model year 2013 recalls include General Motors, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Subaru, and Tesla.

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This recall also includes some 800,000 model year 2009 vehicles ever registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

These latest recalls are only part of the largest series of automotive recalls in USA history. NHTSA is prioritizing the recalls, putting older models, those in "highest danger zones" in the first priority group. Sources reveal that, in outcome of this scandal, the automakers will be liable to provide paperwork of the specific models, which will be further filed with the NHTSA. The problem brought a criminal conviction and fine against Takata and forced the Japanese company into bankruptcy protection. Once production of the replacements for defective inflators are completed, Takata will shutter its airbag division. That deterioration can make the inflator explode and hurl shrapnel throughout the vehicle during a crash, turning the air bag that was meant to protect you into a potentially deadly device. This could include replacing airbags that were previously replaced under earlier Takata recalls, NHTSA says.

According to the NHTSA, 34 million vehicles are under the recall for approximately 46 million defective airbags. The agency said it is monitoring the automakers' progress and working to expand best practices to boost completion rates.

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