Takata Corporation, Japanese auto supplier, supplied Honda, GM, Toyota, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Mazda car manufacturers with potentially defective airbags that may rupture on activation, spraying shrapnel at drivers and passengers. The lawsuit has been brought against Takata, as well as a host of auto manufacturers whose vehicles may contain the potentially defective airbags. Nearly 8 million vehicles equipped with the airbags have been recalled in parts of the United States. The number of recalled vehicles may continue to rise as reports of injuries and deaths resulting from exploding airbags continue to surface, some as recently as October. To date, the alleged defect has been linked to four deaths and over 140 injuries in the U.S. According to the New York Times, the recalled airbags allegedly rupture, causing them to explode when activated. The rupturing has been linked to the propellant inside the airbags metal inflator, which is intended to burn slowly, causing the airbag to inflate on impact. In extreme circumstances, the allegedly faulty propellant burns aggressively, causing the inflator to explode and shoot metal fragments through the airbags fabric at drivers and passengers.