Check your vehicle airbags!
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and South Florida community leaders are urging Floridians to see if their vehicle is under recall for defective Takata airbags.
“I am deeply concerned over the high number of un-repaired defective airbags in vehicles here in South Florida,” Heidi King, the Deputy Administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said in a statement .
The recall is especially important to Floridians because experts say vehicles with Takata airbags in hot and humid climates are susceptible to exploding.
At least 23 deaths and over 300 injuries are linked to Takata airbags that have exploded worldwide. The airbags released metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks.
An initial recall was sent out in 2016. This recall is the largest and most complex vehicle recall in U.S. history, involving 19 vehicle manufacturers, 37 million U.S. vehicles, and approximately 50 million air bags.
Visit NHTSA.gov/recalls to find out if your car or truck is under recall. Search using your VIN number. If your vehicle does have a recall, call your local dealer to schedule the free repair.