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(Bloomberg) – Hundreds of Takata Corp. airbag inflators pulled from cars in the auto industry’s biggest-ever recall later ruptured in testing, showing the potential risks to drivers.

Documents released Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that out of 245,000 recalled airbag inflators pulled from cars and tested, 660 ruptured.  As many as 15 deaths worldwide have been linked to the components, which can rupture and shoot deadly shards at vehicle occupants.

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