The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the Takata air bag recalls could be expanded to its inflators used in side-mounted air bags. Fred Katayama reports.
U.S. regulators said the recall that has focused on Takata's front air bags could be expanded to its inflators used in side-mounted air bags. At a hearing in Washington, auto safety officials said five automakers account for most of the suspect Takata air bag inflators on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Honda and Mazda together account for 18 million of the 23 million inflators. NHTSA summarized its early findings from a months-long investigation into Takata's defective airbag inflators. NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind: (SOUNDBITE)(English) NHTSA ADMINISTRATOR MARK ROSEKIND SAYING: "It is possible that we will seek additional recalls of Takata inflators. At this time, we have not sought additional recalls, but if its necessary to protect the public, we absolutely will do so." Takata has said the defect is linked to long-term exposure of vehicles to high heat and humidity. NHTSA said it will decide by Thanksgiving whether to take additional steps to speed up the recalls.