• Reuters


Automakers and safety regulators could take months to nail down why air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. are exploding with too much force, meaning consumers cannot be certain replacement inflators installed under a sweeping recall are safe, industry officials involved in the process said.

Takata, 11 automakers that used its air bag technology and U.S. safety regulators are pursuing separate efforts to determine the root cause of problems linked to at least six deaths.

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