According to star-telegram.com, Texas has over one million motor vehicles with dangerous, recalled airbags. The recalled airbags become more dangerous over time as humidity and heat can cause the airbags to cause substantial injury or death during an accident. Safety experts are urging affected car owners to get the defective airbags replaced. There is no charge to have the airbags replaced. Check To Protect, a National Safety Council program, states that more than one million Texas vehicles have unrepaired, recalled airbags.
A Check To Protect press release states that it is important that car owners in Texas check their vehicles for defective recalled airbags. The Takata airbag recall is the largest recall in automobile history and affects more than 67 million airbags. About twenty automakers are affected by the recall. So far, nineteen people have been killed from defective inflators that explode. Four hundred other people have been injured.
Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker proclaimed June as Airbag Recall Repair Month. Fort Worth is home to more than 10,000 motor vehicles with unrepaired, recalled airbags. The defective airbags can cause injury or death to people riding in the front seat.
Serious injuries sustained by normal airbag deployment is rare. However, faulty airbags can severely injure or kill drivers and front seat passengers. Reasons may include incorrect timing, failure to deploy, and incorrect energy of deployment, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The government has issued several recalls for vehicles with faulty airbag systems.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that some 2006 Ford Ranger, 2001-2003 Honda and Acura, and Mazda B-Series cars are at an increased risk for dangerous airbag explosions. These motor vehicles need to be repaired immediately; the NHTSA warns.
The models that have an increased risk to drivers and passengers and should be fixed immediately include:
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
- 2006 Mazda B-Series (Mazda is urging owners not to drive the Vehicle.)
- 2006 Ford Ranger (Ford is urging owners not to drive the Vehicle.)
To see if your vehicle’s airbag has been recalled, you can check your vehicle on CheckToProtect.org and enter the vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number or license plate number. You can also check for airbag recalls at nhtsa.gov/recalls or safeairbags.com.
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