Florida leads nation in Takata airbag-related deaths

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Florida leads the nation when it comes to deaths and injuries from exploding airbags, long-time exposure from the heat and humidity can trigger it!

There are still millions of Takata airbag parts that are not replaced yet, and drivers are being urged to check immediately. 

So far, 15 deaths and 278 injuries in the u.s. are linked to Takata air bags. Out of those, Florida has seen three deaths and 83 injuries.

While there are many types of cars that fall under the recall, drivers of seven Honda and Acura models made between 2001 and 2003 face a particularly high risk. 

Senator Bill Nelson says he’s worried about the fact that it’s taking so long to get the airbags replaced. As of the middle of April, only 45 percent of Florida vehicles with Takata air bags had been fixed. 

Some of the repairs are delayed because there are a limited number of supplies to fix them. Other times, drivers claim they have never been notified. 

Drivers can check for recalls on vehicles by putting in the vehicle’s VIN number. The NHTSA says to look on the lower left of your car’s windshield for your 17-character Vehicle Identification Number. Your VIN is also located on your car’s registration card, and it may be shown on your insurance card. 

Click here to check to see if you need to replace your airbag.

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