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Massive air bag recall affects more than 4.5 million vehicles

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 00:58

Major automakers are recalling millions of vehicles due to potentially defective front passenger air bag inflators that can rupture and spray metal shrapnel. Linda So reports.

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Air bags are designed to keep you safe in a crash. But potentially defective air bags made by Takata have prompted a massive recall affecting more than 4.5 million vehicles since June. The air bags can explode and spray metal shrapnel. It happened to Stephanie Erdman. SOUNDBITE: STEPHANIE ERDMAN, INJURED BY AIR BAG, SAYING: "Instant blindness on my right side followed by gushing blood. It`s terrifying. I-- I thought I was going to bleed out at first." At least four deaths have been linked to the defective air bags. The recall affects major automakers including Honda, Toyota, and Ford. At this point... the recall only includes vehicles in high humidity areas as investigators try to determine if that has anything to do with the problem. SOUNDBITE: CLARENCE DITLOW, THE CENTER FOR AUTO SAFETY, SAYING: "It's a frustration to us. How in the world can you approve a geographic recall that doesn`t include the two states where people have been killed?" Over the years, Takata has recalled about 16 million vehicles worldwide for defective air bags.

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Massive air bag recall affects more than 4.5 million vehicles

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 00:58