Senate approves new auto safety chief

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a new administrator to lead the government’s auto safety agency, which faced complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls this year involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags.

Mark Rosekind, 59, a human fatigue expert, was approved Tuesday to be administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He is currently a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates transportation accidents, and has led seven major investigations.

Automakers have recalled 55 million vehicles in the U.S. so far this year. The previous record was 30.8 million vehicles in 2004. At least 38 people have been killed as a result of faulty General Motors ignition switches. A recall of exploding Takata airbags may be the largest recall in the auto safety agency’s history.

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