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Massive Takata airbag recall expanded

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WASHINGTON- The massive recall of vehicles that utilize Takata airbags has again been expanded, upping the total number to approximately 70 million airbags being recalled nation wide.

Another 7 million vehicles are effected globally.

The Senate committee is labeling this as the largest automobile recall in history.

This recall initially began in 2008, with updates in 2010, 2013, and again this year.

The airbags are being recalled after it was determined they are at fault for at least 11 deaths and over 100 injuries.

Upon deployment, the airbags are launching shrapnel into the passenger cabin.

Despite the seriousness of the recall, due to current regulations, vehicle manufacturers are legally allowed to produce automobiles with the defective airbags until the recall becomes mandatory at the end of 2018.

The extensive recall is expected to take years to complete because of the magnitude of vehicles included, and that faulty airbags were used in a large number of those already replaced.

The NHTSA has a list of affected vehicles and pertinent recall information on their website.