Government Calls for Expanded, National Airbag Recall

Massive recall of the potentially defective airbags could affect millions of drivers.
3:00 | 11/19/14

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Transcript for Government Calls for Expanded, National Airbag Recall
Now turn to the massive recall. Millions of cars, potentially defective air bags. The government is calling for an expanded nationwide recall affecting millions of drivers. David Kerley has the latest. Reporter: The government is playing hard ball with the Japanese company, Takata, not following the just-released recommendation to dramatically increase the recall of potentially dangerous air bags. This morning the government says millions more of those air bag inflaters which when they explode can potentially send shrapnel through the bag and into people need to be replaced. The national highway transportation safety administration calling for a nationwide recall. Takata so far unwilling to go along. That's one of the reasons why we are talking to all of you. I believe that everyone needs to understand that Takata needs to act. It was in hot, humid areas only. Making the explosions more powerful and fragmenting the canisters. But after an August incident in North Carolina, they want them to replace all affected driver side air bags in the country. Takata says it is, quote, committed to addressing all safety issues promptly, but claims their tests outside the humid areas have not shown problem. They are concerned that a national recall could divert replacement air bags from where they are needed. This morning they aren't even sure how many cars might be affected. But it's targeting 5 car makers, Ford, Honda, Chrysler, mazda and BMW. Mostly 2008 and earlier. It's just days before a congressional hearing and after word that prosecutors are trying to determine if any laws have been broken. The government taking a tough stand. If we find we did not get timely information from Takata, the department of transportation will take swift action. Reporter: But this morning the officials aren't sure that the replacement bags will work properly, or if there are enough for the millions of cars what some are calling grenades. If Takata doesn't change its mind, regulators will demand that the recall of all driver's side air bags be implemented. Move now to the battle over immigration.

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