Auto safety chief's car recalled for Takata air bags

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

DETROIT (AP) — The nation's top auto safety regulator says one of his family's cars is being recalled to fix a faulty Takata air bag, but parts aren't available to repair it.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind says a car normally driven by his wife was recalled to replace an air bag inflator.

Takata inflators can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel at drivers and passengers. They're responsible for at least 10 deaths worldwide and more than 100 injuries.

Rosekind says he's fortunate to have another car for his wife to drive. But he says the experience has helped him know what people go through in the massive recall.

So far 14 automakers have recalled 24 million U.S. vehicles with Takata inflators. About 7.1 million have been replaced.