DETROIT (AP) —Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 34 million air bags defective. The move will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history.
The chemical that inflates the air bag can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal inflator and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment.
The air bags are responsible for six deaths worldwide and more than 100 injuries.
Automakers have recalled 17 million vehicles in the U.S. and more than 36 million worldwide because of the problem. Those numbers will grow by millions.