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Japan Recalls Many More Cars with Takata Airbags

Newspaper article International New York Times

Japan Recalls Many More Cars with Takata Airbags

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The widening auto-safety scandal added to questions about how the Japanese company would pay to fix tens of millions of cars.

Japan will recall an additional seven million vehicles fitted with airbags made by Takata, the Japanese auto-parts maker that is facing questions about whether it can handle the financial strain of a global safety scandal.

The Transport Ministry said on Friday that it would recall cars with Takata airbags that lack a drying agent to prevent their inflaters from deteriorating.

Safety officials in the United States have said moisture and temperature changes could make the airbag unstable and prone to explode, sending sharp fragments of metal flying through a car's interior.

The Takata airbags have been blamed for at least 13 deaths worldwide.

The new recall increases the number of vehicles affected in Japan to 19. …

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