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Takata recall may have to be expanded after latest explosion

Scrapyard incident involves Toyota WiLL Cypha which isn't among the 2.6m cars subject to safety campaigns

Published Tue, Dec 2, 2014 · 09:50 PM
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JAPAN'S investigation into dangerous air bags is leading to a remote scrapyard in the central Gifu prefecture, where the explosion of a car model not included in current recalls suggests carmakers may have to yet again expand their safety campaigns.

In the latest incident, an air bag from Takata Corp, the Tokyo-based company at the centre of the crisis, deployed with such force that it shattered the windshield and sprayed metal shards on the floor of the Toyota Motor Corp subcompact, said Akihiro Wakayama, a manager at the Chikamatsu Shokai scrapyard. The explosion last month sounded "like a gunshot" and was "two to three times" louder than normal, he said.

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