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33.8 million cars recalled due to faulty airbags

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One of the largest airbag suppliers is recalling more than 30 million airbags in cars like Toyota and Honda.

Government regulators say the airbags made by Japanese-based company Takata, have been known to explode and toss shrapnel toward drivers' and front seat passengers' causing serious injury or death.

Takata has recalled 33.8 million airbags in about ten automakers, mostly foreign cars including Honda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Toyota, but also General Motors and Ford vehicles.

"Yeah that's kind of shocking. "Seems like a lot, a whole lot," said Mazda owner, Sandy Anderson.

United States Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx says the goal is to fix every defective airbag in every vehicle, but admits it will take some time.

"This recall involved 11 auto manufacturers. Many different parts and suppliers, not just Takata," said Foxx. "Lives are at stake, our job is to protect them. So that's why we're doing what we're doing."

Already the faulty airbags are linked to nearly six deaths and more than 100 injuries.

Government regulators found moisture and chemical changes in the propellant forcing the airbag to ignite too quickly, causing the inflator to rupture, hurling shrapnel toward drivers and passengers.

The recall of Takata airbags follows the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's year-long sparring over the size of the recall and the cause of the millions of faulty airbags.

Most of the cars recalled and most of the fatalities were in vehicles made by Honda, but still dozens of other modeled cars are affected.

"I just worry about the passenger airbag and what the impact might be for smaller children who might be in the front seat," said Anderson.I guess buy american huh?

You can check to see if you car is included in the recall by clicking on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's special website: https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/

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