Toyota

Courtesy: NHTSA (safercar.gov)

WASHINGTON — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

The chemical that inflates the air bag can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal inflator and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The faulty inflators are responsible for six deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide.

Updated at 3:13 p.m. ET

Japanese air bag supplier Takata says nearly 34 million vehicles were fitted with its defective inflator mechanisms, doubling the number of vehicles affected in the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday.

The recall is believed to be the largest in NHTSA's history.

A massive auto recall on defective air bags was given fresh urgency on Monday, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encouraged the owners of nearly 5 million cars to get them fixed "immediately." Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton told our Newscast unit some deaths have been tied to the defect:

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U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was in San Antonio this week to see the progress of a partnership between the Alamo Colleges and Toyota Motor Manufacturing.

St. Philip’s College houses the Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program. Students who are accepted into the program get jobs with Toyota while in school.

19-year-old Sarah Escobar, a maintenance technician, started the AMT program in high school and already has a certificate before finishing her two year degree. She said she plans to stay with Toyota while finishing a bachelor's degree.

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BiblioTech, Bexar County’s all-digital bookless library, is launching its own set of robotics teams for children and students.

Education initiatives for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs are exploding around the city. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas has awarded BiblioTech $15,000 to create a team robotics program called the First Lego League (FLL).

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