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Oops! US auto safety chief's car recalled for defective Takata airbag

2016-03-17 14:24

TAKATA UNDER-FIRE: The US administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Dr. Mark Rosekind announce actions taken against Takata in this file photograph. Image: AFP/ Jim Watson

Detroit - The United States' top auto safety regulator says one of his family's cars is being recalled to fix a faulty Takata airbag, 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 airbag inflator.

'What people go through'

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.

Read: Honda SA issues recall for faulty Takata airbags

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 US vehicles with Takata inflators. About 7.1-million have been replaced.

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