Certain Hondas and Acuras pose up to a 50 percent chance of producing a deadly explosion, prompting community leaders to call for action and commit to increasing awareness of dangerous recall.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Hundreds of thousands of Broward County residents are driving recalled vehicles with dangerously defective airbag inflators that could blast shrapnel into the passenger compartment upon impact. To address this urgent public safety issue, this week community leaders from across Broward County are launching Airbag Recall: Greater Ft. Lauderdale – a coalition committed to raising awareness about the recall and ensuring that residents understand how to check if their vehicle is impacted at AirbagRecall.com.
Airbag Recall: Greater Ft. Lauderdale will officially launch with its “Days of Action” event beginning this weekend. From April 22 – 24, members of Airbag Recall: Greater Ft. Lauderdale will host events throughout Broward County to help drivers check their vehicles and set up free repairs at local dealerships.
At least 11 Americans – including one Floridian – have been killed by defective airbag inflators, and approximately 180 Americans have suffered serious injuries, including cuts or lacerations to the face or neck, broken or fractured facial bones, loss of eyesight, and broken teeth. The individual from Florida who died was driving an older, higher-risk vehicle. In this and nearly all other cases in the United States, the fatal airbag explosion was triggered by a minor collision that the driver should have been able to walk away from. The risk for serious injury or death is particularly acute in South Florida due to high temperatures and humidity that exacerbate the defect in the airbag inflator. Read full article here.