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Defective Air Bag Recall Spreading To More Manufacturers

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DETROIT (CBS/AP) — A recall of defective air bags is spreading to more manufacturers.

BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota will all recall cars at the U.S. government’s request because their air bag inflators could rupture. If that happens, the air bags might not work properly in a crash, and shards from the ruptured system could fly out and cause injury.

In each case, the air bags are made by Japanese supplier Takata.

The government opened an investigation this month after getting six reports of air bags rupturing. It estimates 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. could be affected.

The recalls are limited to states and territories that have hot, humid weather for long periods of time. The government says data suggests vehicles in those areas are most at risk.

In April, 2013 six automakers including Toyota, Honda and Nissan, announced the recall of nearly 3.4 million older-model vehicles worldwide in a massive effort to fix defective air bags made by Takata.

Model year 2003 Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks were made at a California plant that was jointly run with Toyota and had the airbags.

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