You might be one of about 150,000 people with dangerous airbags that could explode at any time you live in one of these Orlando ZIP codes:
Heat and humidity make the already defective airbags more prone to blowing up and impaling drivers and passengers with jagged pieces of metal. Florida’s summer weather creates the perfect storm for these devices.
The defective Takata airbags are in tens of millions of cars and trucks from 19 automakers, which are stepping up efforts to find the affected vehicles. Fiat-Chrysler, for instance, is sending teams to check license plates for cars that are part of the recall.
Honda and Acura 2001 to 2003 More Dangerous
Honda and Acura cars from the 2001 to 2003 model years are likely to have the “Alpha” inflators, which have the highest risk of blowing up, even in a fender bender. A Honda spokesperson said they had replaced 94.6 percent of the Alpha inflators, but that leaves nearly 50,000 cars and trucks with ticking time bombs still on the road. Honda dealers have more than enough parts to complete the repairs.
Some people admit to waiting as long as six months to get the free repairs done after getting the recall notice. Replacing both driver’s and passenger’s side airbags takes only about ninety minutes. The longer you wait, the more likely Florida’s heat and humidity will degrade the faulty chemical in the airbags and cause an explosion.
Death Toll at 23
At least 23 people worldwide have died from the explosions, and hundreds more have suffered horrific injuries from the metal shards flying at high speed into their faces, heads, necks, and chests. Fifteen of the deaths have happened in the United States.
Check Your VIN Number for a Takata Airbag Recall
You should check to see if your car or truck is part of the recall, no matter what kind of vehicle you drive. You might have missed getting your recall notice if you moved in the last 20 years or anyone else has owned the car you now have. Write down your vehicle identification number (VIN) from the metal plate on the dashboard near the windshield, then check it on the National Safety Council’s vehicle recall Check to Protect website.