06/01/2015 01:53 EDT | Updated 06/01/2016 05:59 EDT

Car recall legislation expected to be tabled this week

Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is expected to announce that the government will table recall legislation regarding Canada's automotive industry.

The announcement comes in the wake of the recall of more than 1.5 million vehicles in Canada in connection with Japanese car part manufacturer Takata. Takata airbag inflators can explode and send metal fragments into the passenger compartment.

Unlike U.S. regulators which have the ability to mandate recalls, Transport Canada relies on voluntary actions from automakers. Vehicle manufacturers are responsible for carrying out recall campaigns, not parts suppliers, nor Transport Canada. 

But they must notify Transport Canada when they become aware of safety defects.

"If we compare the system here in Canada with the one in the U.S. their regulatory body has been more proactive going out there issuing fines to manufacturers," Hoang Mai, MP for Brossard and the NDP's transport critic said recently. "Whereas here in Canada [the] government is just reacting to the what the U.S. is doing without going forward."

"There is clearly a lack of regulatory oversight here in Canada."

Canadian auto recalls hit an all-time high last year, with more than eight million vehicles affected. Automakers issued nearly 600 recall notices on Canadian vehicles in 2014, according to data obtained from Transport Canada.