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Half-A-Million South Floridians' Cars Have Defective And Fatal Airbags

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The NHTSA is now begging those residents to get their cars fixed immediately.

Remember the whole Takata exploding airbag situation? Of course you do. That's not something one just forgets.The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just issued a plea for nearly half-a-million residents of south Florida to check their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if their car is one of those with defective Takata airbags. Apparently, this specific region of the U.S. has been deemed to be part of the highest risk area of the country due to its location.

Hot and humid temperatures make those already defective airbags even more susceptible to exploding, launching shrapnel into front seat passengers' bodies. These defective airbags have already been blamed for 23 deaths and over 300 injuries worldwide. Affected south Florida residents really should act fast and have the problem fixed for free. "I am deeply concerned over the high number of unrepaired defective air bags in vehicles here in South Florida," said Deputy Administrator for the NHTSA Heidi King. "I cannot stress strongly enough the urgency of this recall – these air bags can be deadly. If your vehicle is under recall, do not delay in getting it to your dealer for a free repair."

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"It could save your life or the life of someone you love." The NHTSA is also concerned specifically for owners of higher-risk makes models, such as the 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickup trucks. These owners have apparently not gotten the free repair done fast enough, if at all. To date, the Takata air bag recall has affected some 37 million vehicles and 19 automakers in the U.S. alone. An estimated 50 million airbags are defective. It has been the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Takata ultimately paid a $1 billion fine for its actions, which involved a cover-up for nearly a decade.