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About 16.7 million of the faulty Takata air-bag inflators still haven't been replaced about three years after federal regulators began to oversee a broad-ranging recall of the defective inflators that have caused at least 15 deaths in the U.S., according to a new report.

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Audit Faults NHTSA for Takata Recall Oversight

An audit of the way the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration handled the recall of vehicles equipped with faulty, and in some cases deadly, Takata air-bag inflators cites the agency for delayed action and poor oversight, which may have left dangerous vehicles operating on U.S. highways longer than necessary.

Ford Agrees to $299M Takata Settlement

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to pay $299.1 million to settle consumer economic-loss claims linked to faulty air bags manufactured by Takata Corp. The settlement covers diverse forms of economic damages linked to Takata air-bag inflators.

Understanding Air Bag Deployment

This video sheds some light on just how quickly air bags deploy when needed. Video courtesy of National Geographic via YouTube. For the full safety tip, click here.

Safety Tip: Preventing Injuries Tied to Air Bags

Drivers can take certain measures to mitigate the risk of serious injury arising from air bag deployment. Here are some tips from the Kansas Department of Revenue’s Division of Vehicles.