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  • Massive U.S. recall affects airbags in nearly 8 million cars
  • Several automakers affected -- including BMW, Ford and Toyota
  • Faulty airbags could explode and send shrapnel into passenger cabin

A massive airbag recall may now affect nearly 8 million vehicles in the United States alone. That's the latest from the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which recently announced that the recall affects a wide variety of automakers and vehicles.

According to NHTSA, affected airbags were manufactured by Japanese parts supplier Takata and installed by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota in some 7.8 million different vehicles. Not every airbag is faulty, of course, but three deaths and more than 100 injuries have been attributed to the airbags, which can explode and release metal shards into a car's interior after even a minor accident.

The recall and potential danger is apparently so severe that NHTSA recently urged drivers to act immediately in terms of getting their airbags fixed -- a warning that some drivers can't heed, since replacement parts are in low supply. Interestingly, the recall seems to especially affect drivers in areas with high humidity, such as the Southeastern U.S., Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Automakers are prioritizing replacement parts for car owners in those areas.

If you're interested to find out whether your car is part of the airbag recall, head over to NHTSA's website, safercar.gov, where you can see which models are affected and even type in your VIN number to find out if your car is on the recall list.

What it means to you: The latest airbag recall is a major safety concern, and it affects a wide range of makes and models.

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Airbag Recall Expands to 8 Million Cars in U.S. - Autotrader