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DETROIT (CBSMiami/AP) — Chrysler has given into government demands to expand a recall of driver’s side air bag inflators.

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The company had resisted for several weeks, but the recall will now include the entire nation.

The company said in a statement Friday that it will recall nearly 2.9 million older cars and trucks across the U.S., as demanded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall includes Chrysler’s most popular model, the Ram pickup, from the 2004 through 2007 model years.

The vehicles have driver’s air bags equipped with inflators made by Japan’s Takata Corp. The inflators can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel at drivers and passengers.

The recall previously was limited to Hawaii, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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The government demanded that five automakers expand recalls. BMW is now the lone holdout.

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