NEW YORK (AFP) – US auto safety officials Wednesday expanded an urgent warning over of autos with potentially deadly defective Takata air bags to 7.8 million vehicles, 3.1 million more than previously stated.
Owners of the cars should “take immediate action” to address the airbag issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
The agency said that recalls due to the air bag problem involved 10 different automakers, compared to six mentioned it its Monday warning. The recalls have occurred as far back as 18 months and as recently as Monday.
The vehicles are being recalled because of the risk an air bag could improperly inflate and rupture, potentially sending shrapnel into the car’s occupants.
According to reports, the problem has been blamed for several deaths.
The agency said there was “urgency” for motorists in the following areas with warmer climates: Florida, Puerto Rico, areas near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana, as well as Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii.