Ten U.S. automakers and 7.8 million vehicles are affected by a recall of Japanese-made Takata air bags. NBC News reported the air bags are linked with at least four fatalities. The defective air bags, in some 2000 to 2011 vehicle models, have the potential to explode during an accident, a problem Takata linked to U.S. regions with warm temperatures and high humidity.
Manufacturer recalls for Takata air bags began in 2013. In October 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned affected owners to have the recalled air bags replaced immediately, particularly in specified regions with high humidity. However, California and two other states where the fatal air bag accidents occurred were not among high-risk regions targeted by the NHTSA.