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NHTSA Reduces Estimate of Takata Airbags that Need Repairs

In a rare bright spot amidst the deluge of auto recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has lowered the number of estimated Takata airbags that need to be repaired from 34 million to 23.4 million. NHTSA added that 4.4 million potentially defective air bag inflators have already been replaced. The Takata airbags contain inflators that could potentially explode with too much force, sending metal fragments into the passenger compartment. The issue is associated with at least eight deaths. Eleven auto manufacturers have been affected by the recall.

The agency says it lowered the estimate because some inflators were counted twice, and Takata also included some airbags sold overseas in the information it supplied to the U.S. government.

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