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Checking for airbag recalls

By: Kyle Rogers

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- It is one of the largest car recalls in American history and includes millions of popular vehicles on the road.

The United States Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration announced Tuesday the numbers of cars that have already been recalled in the country have doubled.

Takata, the world's largest air bag manufacturer, agreed to declare 34,000,000 of its airbags defective.

"Takata still has not identified the root cause of the defect, but we can let that delay our actions," Anthony Foxx, the US Transportation Secretary, said.

The nationwide recall covers certain drivers and passenger side air bag inflators. The airbags could explode with so much force it could send shrapnel through the vehicle. It's linked to six deaths and more than 100 injuries.

"Takata has a really huge liability with 34,000,000 cars, possibly more than that," Jerry Leahy of Leahy's Auto Body in New Cumberland said.

While Honda has the most vehicles equipped with the airbags, dozens of models ranging from General Motors to Subaru are impacted through as early as 2000.

"I've had customers ask, 'should we disconnect it?' and I would not suggest that," Leahy said.

Drivers are urged to compare their VIN numbers with the recall last found online at http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html.

If impacted by the recall, drivers should make immediate arrangements for free repairs with their dealership.

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