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GM Korea recalling over 700 vehicles with Takata airbags

General Motors Co.'s South Korean unit has issued a voluntary recall of 712 vehicles installed with Takata Corp.'s faulty airbags, Yonhap News Agency reported May 17, citing an announcement by South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

Subject to the recall are GM Korea Co.-manufactured Saab 9-3 and 9-5 vehicles produced between July 2005 and September 2008, the report said.

Takata's airbags have been at the center of automotive recalls after being linked to at least 22 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide as of March.

In February, Takata's U.S. arm TK Holdings Inc. reached a settlement in the U.S. over allegedly concealing safety defects in its airbags that could be fatal to motorists.

Yonhap reported that no Takata-related accidents have been reported in South Korea so far. However, the government in June 2016 ordered car companies to voluntary expand recalls on vehicles with the defective airbags.

Five more of GM Korea's models are set to be recalled once the company gets improved airbags, according to the report.