Airbag Maker Takata Announces Largest Auto Recall Ever

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NEW YORK — The largest known auto recall ever has just been handed down. Takata is significantly increasing the number of faulty airbags it’s recalling. We’re talking more than 33 million.

“These defect notifications greatly expand the scope of the recalls already underway. Based on data from Takata’s defect filings, it will roughly double the number of affected vehicles in the United States to nearly 34 million,” said Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation.

Federal Regulators have been going after Takata for months because the faulty airbags can explode, sending shrapnel into the face and body of both the driver and front seat passenger. Victims appeared to have been shot or stabbed, according to police who responded to the accidents.

At least six death have been linked to the defect.

Most of the fatalities and most of the recalled cars were made by Honda.

But dozens of different models are affected, most of which were built between 2000 and 2011. You can check to see if their car is included in the recall by going to a special website created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html.