Takata Air Bag Recalls Could Expand to 7 Other Companies

FILE - This Oct. 22, 2014, file photo, shows the Takata building, an automotive parts supplier in Auburn Hills, Mich. On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Takata doubled the size of its air bag recall to 33.8 million air bags, making it the largest recall in U.S. history. The air bags can inflate with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. So far the problem has caused six deaths, including five in the U.S. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
FILE – This Oct. 22, 2014, file photo, shows the Takata building, an automotive parts supplier in Auburn Hills, Mich. On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Takata doubled the size of its air bag recall to 33.8 million air bags, making it the largest recall in U.S. history. The air bags can inflate with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. So far the problem has caused six deaths, including five in the U.S. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Seven more companies including electric car maker Tesla Motors could be facing recalls because they use air bag inflators made by Takata Corp.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration raised the possibility in letters sent to the manufacturers last week.

So far about 23.4 million Takata driver and passenger air bag inflators have been recalled on 19.2 million U.S. vehicles sold by 11 different companies, including Honda and Fiat Chrysler. The inflators can explode with too much force, spewing metal shrapnel. At least eight people have died worldwide and hundreds have been injured because of the problem.

The agency sent letters last week to Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar-Land Rover, Suzuki, Tesla, Volvo Trucks, Volkswagen and Spartan Motors seeking information on which models have Takata inflators.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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