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Automakers Recall 1.7 Million Cars with Fatal Airbags

Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari are recalling about 1.7 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. At least 23 people have died from the problem worldwide and hundreds more were injured. Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari are recalling about 1.7 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. At least 23 people have died from the problem worldwide and hundreds more were injured. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: February 08, 2019 12:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari are recalling about 1.7 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

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The inflators can hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 23 people have died from the problem worldwide and hundreds more were injured.

Because the number and range of vehicle types is so large, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website allows car owners to enter their vehicle identification number and see if it is included in the current or previous recalls https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/takata-recall-spotlight.

ABC News also has a list of makes and models at https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/automakers-recall-17-million-cars-fatal-airbags-60935522.

The moves, announced Friday by the U.S. government, are part of the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history. About 10 million inflators are being recalled in the U.S. this year, with as many as 70 million to be recalled by the time the whole mess ends late next year.

Ford, Honda, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler already released their 2019 Takata recalls totaling more than 5 million vehicles.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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