UPDATE 4-U.S. Congress sets hearing on Takata, automakers expand recalls

Thu May 28, 2015 6:03pm EDT
 
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* Automakers announce additional models covered by last week's expanded recall

* FCA recall expands to 5.22 mln vehicles worldwide

* Air bags can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel

* U.S. House subcommittee sets hearing for June 2 (Adds Ford, Mitsubishi recall expansions; adds Nissan not expanding recall)

By Bernie Woodall

DETROIT, May 28 (Reuters) - Five automakers on Thursday widened recalls of cars and trucks with Takata Corp air bags and the U.S. Congress set a hearing next week on the safety issue that has been linked to six deaths.

Takata last week complied with demands of U.S. safety regulators and doubled the vehicles to be involved in air bag recalls to 34 million, making it the largest recall in American history. The total number globally is more than 53 million vehicles.

The air bags are at risk of exploding with too much force and spewing metal fragments inside the car, regulators say. All six deaths linked to the problem were in Honda Motor Co Ltd vehicles.

The recalls announced on Thursday by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles , Honda, BMW, Ford Motor Co and Mitsubishi Motors Corp are included in the figures issued last week by Takata and U.S. regulator the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   Continued...