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Are you driving ‘a ticking time bomb?’

Are you driving ‘a ticking time bomb?’

Miami-Dade County civic and community leaders gathered Wednesday to urge South Florida drivers to to heed recall notices surrounding the Takata airbag inflator. By Carli Teproff
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Miami-Dade County civic and community leaders gathered Wednesday to urge South Florida drivers to to heed recall notices surrounding the Takata airbag inflator. By Carli Teproff

With more than half a million defective airbags in vehicles across South Florida — 200,000 in Miami-Dade — the county’s leaders implored South Florida drivers to fix their airbags, which can explode and kill someone.

“You may be driving a ticking time bomb,” said Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez. “These cars are too dangerous to be on the road.”

Drivers can go to www.airbagrecall.com to see if their vehicle identification number is part of the Takata Corp. airbag recall. They can also take their car to a dealer for a free replacement.

“Even a simple fender-bender can be deadly,” said Scott Galvin, vice mayor of North Miami, who spoke at a press conference at the North Miami Police Department.

South Florida is a high-risk area for serious injury or death because heat and humidity can accelerate the airbag inflator’s degradation, says Airbag Recall Miami-Dade.

Eleven people in the U.S. have been killed by the airbags. Last week, Takata pleaded guilty to a criminal charge and will pay $1 billion in fines.

Vehicles with the greatest risk

Owners of 2001 and 2002 Honda Civics and Accords, the 2002 and 2003 Acura TL, the 2002 Honda Odyssey and CR-V and the 2003 Acura CL and Honda Pilot are advised to stop driving their vehicles immediately and get their airbags replaced.

For more information, go to airbagrecall.com

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