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Japan's three top carmakers to expand Takata air bag recalls by millions

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Japan's three biggest carmakers are expanding a huge global recall triggered by potentially fatal air bags made by Takata Corp (7312.T), saying on Wednesday they will take back millions of vehicles worldwide for investigation.

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) said they are recalling some 6.5 million vehicles globally, while Honda Motor Co Ltd (7267.T) said it would follow suit, without giving details.

Wednesday's announcements raise to roughly 31 million the number of vehicles recalled worldwide since 2008 over Takata air bag inflators, which can erupt with too much force, spraying shrapnel inside the car.

The Takata-linked recalls top the largest U.S. recall of 21 million vehicles by Ford Motor Co (F.N) in the 1980s for a parking gear problem, according to U.S. safety regulators and safety advocates. General Motors (GM.N) recalled about 30 million vehicles last year, but those were for a range of defects, including faulty ignition switches.


this is why we never owned these types of vehicles. we have a ford focus. very reliable and with minimal cost to maintain


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