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FILE - In this April 21, 2005 file photo, a model poses by a Honda's CR-V at Auto Shanghai 2005 exhibition in Shanghai, China. Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode. No accidents have been reported related to recalls Monday, June 23, 2014. Honda Motor Co. recalled 2.03 million vehicles for the airbag problem, including 1.02 million in North America and nearly 669,000 in Japan. The models recalled at Honda include the Fit, Element and CR-V, manufactured between 2000 and 2005. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)


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DETROIT - A recall of defective air bags is spreading to more manufacturers.

BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota will all recall cars at the U.S. government's request because their air bag inflators could rupture. If that happens, the air bags might not work properly in a crash, and shards from the ruptured system could fly out and cause injury.

In each case, the air bags are made by Japanese supplier Takata.

The government opened an investigation this month after getting six reports of air bags rupturing. It estimates 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. could be affected.

The recalls are limited to states and territories that have hot, humid weather for long periods of time. The government says data suggests vehicles in those areas are most at risk.