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Exec: Takata aims to replace chemical in air bag ruptures

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top executive says Takata Corp. plans to replace the chemical in its air bags that has been linked to a defect responsible for at least six deaths.

Kevin Kennedy, executive vice president of North America for Takata Corp., also is telling Congress the company "deeply" regrets every rupture episode involving its air bags, especially those causing injury or death. Kennedy says in written testimony for a U.S. House hearing Tuesday that the percentage of air bag inflators likely to have a problem is "extremely small" but Takata is replacing all of them.

The company has declared 33.8 million air bags defective in an agreement with U.S. regulators.

The chemical, ammonium nitrate, can burn too fast if subjected to prolonged exposure to airborne moisture.

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