The nation's top automotive safety official has issued an apology regarding the issuance of incorrect information about the number of vehicles equipped with faulty Takata air bags, which left motorists scrambling for answers earlier this week.
David Friedman, deputy administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said late Wednesday the agency "greatly" regrets that the information provided in its initial safety advisory was inaccurate. It had shorted the total number of vehicles with the air bags by 3.1 million, later correcting the information to include about 8 million vehicles.
He also apologized for "significant problems" with its website, which was designed to allow car owners to check if their vehicle was affected. It was down for several hours after the warning went out.