Fallout from a nationwide recall of potentially lethal air bags will reach Capitol Hill Thursday when an executive from the firm that manufactured the faulty safety devices faces a congressional inquiry.
Government regulators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Tuesday that they would be calling for a nationwide recall on all vehicles equipped with the problematic air bags. They had pushed for a series of regional recalls of Takata air bags beginning 18 months ago.
The NHTSA recall, which initially targeted an estimated 7 million vehicles in humid areas of the country, now spans millions more cars from 10 major manufacturers throughout the nation.
The defective air bags are being blamed for at least two deaths. Investigators initially believed that the air bag issue was linked to warm climates, because many of the recalled vehicles were purchased in southeastern states, but they now believe the risk may be nationwide based on a recent incident outside of the recall area.