NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A consumer alert has been issued about a massive recall involving potentially deadly air bags.

The automakers involved in the recall are Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler vans, Mercedes and Ferrari.

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About 1.7 million vehicles need to replace air bag inflators made by the Japanese company Takata.

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The air bags can hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 23 people have died from the problem worldwide.