A logo of Takata Corp is seen through a car window outside the company's headquarter building in Tokyo, April 12, 2013.
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NHTSA urges ‘immediate action’ for nearly 5 million vehicles

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Monday that certain car owners should “act immediately” to replace defective Takata airbags, affecting 4.7 million vehicles.

The agency said in a statement that certain models including ToyotaHonda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, and General Motors were involved, adding that owners instates such as Florida, Puerto Rico and Hawaii were among a list of priority.

Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States on Monday because of potentially defective front passenger air bag inflators from Japan’s Takata Corp that can rupture and spray metal shrapnel, according to U.S. safety regulators.

This story originally appeared on CNBC.com.

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NHTSA urges 'immediate action' for nearly 5 million vehicles

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