In a bid to put a check on the increasing incidents of road safety lapses, the US Transportation Department is going to conduct an internal review of the American automobile safety regulators.
The country has witnessed a series of safety lapses on the roads, including the incidences of defective air bags reported this week, a senior administration official said on Saturday.
The senior official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the review that would be conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would carry a close analysis over the past incidences and find out better solution for ensuring safety.
The safety regulatory agency was under severe criticism as a congressional probe was under in the growing incidences of recalls of millions of vehicles over faulty airbags or ignition switches.
The Energy and Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives will be holding an initial briefing with the US safety regulators, scheduled for next week, in an attempt to learn about the details of the regional recalls that affected ten automakers, a committee aide said on Friday.
Recently, car maker Toyota Motor Corp had recalled 247,000 vehicles in the US due to the potentially defective Takata air bags that can rupture and even spray metal shrapnel at occupants.
NHTSA has urged the owners of vehicles of BMW, Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Nissan, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors to replace the installed air bags at the earliest.
According to the road safety agency, the number of vehicles that have been affected by the recalls is 7.8 million.
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