Feds investigate Volkswagen air bags after inflator ruptures in crash of late-model SUV

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U.S. safety regulators are investigating a June collision between a Volkswagen SUV and a deer in which a Takata air bag inflated with too much force.

The June 7 crash near St. Louis caused the left side air bag to inflate in a 2015 VW Tiguan, blowing apart a metal canister. It raises questions about the safety of newer air bags made by the Japanese company.

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It's the first incident reported in a VW and the first in the field involving newer versions of Takata air bags. Previously Takata has said the problem was limited to older products.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week sent orders to Takata and VW seeking information.

Both say they're cooperating. Takata says it doesn't believe the case is related to previous incidents.