7 automakers add 4.4M vehicles to Takata recall

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DETROIT (AP) – Seven automakers are adding nearly 4.4 million vehicles in the U.S. to the massive Takata air bag inflator recall.

Documents detailing recalls by General Motors, Volkswagen, Ford, Daimler Vans, BMW, Jaguar-Land Rover and Mercedes Benz were posted Thursday by the government. Recalls from eight other companies were posted last Friday.

They’re part of a mammoth expansion of Takata air bag recalls announced last month. Seventeen automakers are adding 35 million-to-40 million inflators to what already was the largest auto recall in U.S. history.>>RELATED: How to check your vehicle for recalls

Thursday’s recalls include passenger air bags, mainly in older models in states with high temperatures or humidity.

Takata inflators can malfunction and spew shrapnel into drivers and passengers when exposed to humidity and repeated hot-and-cold cycles.

The recalls are being phased in during the next two years.

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