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About half the replacement air-bag kits that Takata Corp. shipped to automakers last month have inflators made by competitors, including some with a different chemical than the one linked to explosions that have killed six people.

That portion is expected to reach 70 percent by the end of the year, Takata said in a statement on Monday. The Tokyo-based company has been relying on competitors to help it replace defective air bags in about 34 million vehicles, the largest auto-safety recall in U.S. history.

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