Seven automakers have added nearly 4.4 million vehicles in the United States to the huge Takata air bag inflator recall. Documents detailing recalls by General Motors, Volkswagen, Ford, Daimler Vans, BMW, Jaguar-Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz were posted by the government. Recalls from eight other companies had been posted earlier. The recalls are part of an expansion announced in May. Seventeen automakers are adding 35 million to 40 million inflators to what was the largest auto recall in U.S. history.
Of the recalls announced, General Motors had the largest total at 1.9 million, covering pickups and large SUVs. The latest round of recalls covers passenger air bags mainly in older models in states with high temperatures or humidity. The move brings the total number of vehicles recalled in this round to 16.4 million. The inflators are responsible for at least 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. The recalls are being phased in during the next three years because of a lack of available replacement parts. Models from 2011 or older in high heat and humidity areas will get first priority. Research has shown that it takes at least six years for the ammonium nitrate to deteriorate.
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