US Agency Warns Nearly 8 Million Car Owners To Get Air Bags Fixed

CBS13 | CBS Sacramento

DETROIT (WWJ/AP)- The U.S. government issued an urgent plea tonearly 8million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers.

The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes. Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the problem and there have been multiple injuries.

Multiple automakers have recalled vehicles in the U.S. over the past two years to repair air bag inflatorsmade by Takata Corp., a Tokyo-based supplier of seat belts, air bags, steering wheels and other auto parts.

The warning covers 7.8 millioncars made by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. Passenger or driver air bags or both could have the faulty inflators.

In a statement Wednesday, the…

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