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New airbag recall announced after 10th death

By Ann Marie Awad   |   Jan. 23, 2016 at 7:13 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Federal regulators are ordering a recall of 5 million more cars after a 10th death has been linked to the faulty Takata airbags.

A fatal crash in South Carolina last month was the 9th death in the United States linked to the bags, the 10th worldwide.

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"This is a massive safety crisis," National Highway Traffic Safety Administration spokesman Gordon Trowbridge told NBC News on Friday.

The vehicles implicated in the latest recall include certain Mazda, Ford Audi and Wolkswagen models. The announcement adds to the 19 million vehicles recalled in the United States since last year.

The Wall Street Journal reported Takata was slapped with a $70 million fine in November for failing to notify regulators of defects with the airbags.

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