8 automakers recall 12 million vehicles over air bags

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This graphic from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows an airbag expanding, shooting shrapnel toward the driver.

Eight automakers, 12 million vehicles are all part of what US regulators are calling the largest recall in American history.

The Japanese government ordering the vehicle recall as part of the Takata air bag inflator problem-–the airbag inflators can explode metal fragments inside the car.

They’ve been linked to at least 11 deaths so far, and more than 100 injuries.

The latest round of recalls affects various models made by Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi and Ferrari.

Repairs will be made for free.

Makers will contact vehicle owners by letter about when and where they can get the problem fixed.

To see if your car is affected go to https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/ and type in your vehicle identification number.