UPDATE: An NHTSA list of vehicles affected by an airbag recall and initially posted as part of this report was erroneous and has been removed. An updated list expected to be released by the agency Friday will be posted when it is released.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — U.S. safety regulators are warning owners of more than 4.7 million vehicles that have been recalled for air bag problems to get them repaired immediately.READ MORE: Authorities Still Searching For Suspect Wanted In Fatal Palmdale Shooting On Friday
The warning issued Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers vehicles from multiple manufacturers that date back to 2001.
Inflators can rupture in air bags made by Takata Corp., causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are inflated in crashes. So far, automakers have recalled about 12 million vehicles worldwide because of the problem.READ MORE: Memorial For "The Fallen 13" Unveiled In Norco On Saturday
Safety advocates estimate that more than 20 million cars have the faulty inflators in the U.S. alone. They say at least four people have died from the problem.
The inflators have led to multiple recalls from Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, BMW and Mitsubishi.
Consumers uncertain whether their vehicle is affected by the Takata recalls or any other recall can check here.MORE NEWS: 2 Dead, 1 Critically Injured In Willowbrook Crash Stemming From Pursuit
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)