Feds Say 3 Million More Car Owners Need to Replace Defective Air Bags

Humidity is believed to cause more explosive deployment of airbag's inflators inside nearly 8 million vehicles.
1:55 | 10/23/14

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My goodness. And now the exploding air bags. The company that makes them, a criminal investigation. As the number keeps on rising. David kerly has the story. Good morning. Reporter: Now this probe in what has become a very confusing recall. Federal safety officials correcting the Numbers twice, and a website that doesn't work. This morning the air bag recall is more urgent. With Toyota telling nearly a quarter million of its customers that if it runs out of replacement bags, it will temporarily disable your passenger air bag until a new one is installed. If that happens, a warning to keep riders out of the passenger seat. And now another 3 million cars, moving the total up to nearly 8 million vehicles, that urgently need defective air bags replaced. The Numbers keep changing, and the federal safety agency is telling consumers to use the website so see if the car is affected. But it's not working. This is the same agency that didn't get the gm ignition switch right. Now they don't know the story on the takada air bags enough to protect the public. It's terrible. Reporter: They were recalled last year, but ten car makers and the government are saying that the problem is worse than suspected. It's the inflater, the cannister, exploding so fast it can send metal shards flying. Safety advocates say four deaths are linked to bad air bags. Angela Barbosa said it came after she was injured in Dallas. This is a time bomb in their faces. It's literally a grenade. Reporter: We are at 8 million cars that urgently need new air bags. But safety advocates say that's part of the problem. A total of 20 million cars in the country should be recalled.

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