Florida is getting hit especially hard in what is now considered the largest safety recall in American history. Takata’s air bag inflators can explode with too much force in a crash, blowing apart a metal canister and spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. The Takata airbag recall is allegedly responsible for at least 100 injuries and eight deaths, one of which was an Orlando woman.
According to MyNews 13, Hien Tran, of Orlando, was killed by a faulty air bag in October 2014. After a crash, her death was initially deemed suspicious because of cuts along her neck. But a federal safety report confirmed the woman’s neck was sliced by metal shards from her vehicle’s air bag.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported that between 70 and 80 percent of ruptured airbags are coming from the state of Florida. The faulty airbags are especially prone to exploding when exposed to high heat and humidity, two of Florida’s most common weather conditions. To date, 34 million vehicles are being recalled.
Despite growing concerns, local dealerships in Florida, say customers aren’t getting their automobiles checked. One Toyota dealership owner in Lake Park said, “I think a lot of our customers, actually all automotive customers, are getting so used to massive amounts of recalls that we don’t see the panic anymore. People are accepting it more than they did.”
That can be a huge mistake. Faulty airbags have been a problem now for more than a decade, and have impacted 11 automakers including Toyota, Honda, BMW and Mazda.
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If your car is on the auto recall list, get it fixed. Call your dealer immediately to arrange for a free repair. If you are put on a waiting list, ask the dealer for a loaner or a rental car. You shouldn’t be driving a car with one of these airbags.