The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an airbag recall which affects over 42 million vehicles. Here in Southern California we are working to partner with trusted community organizations and leaders to help spread the word and reach out to drivers. Specifically, 2001 to 2003 Honda and Acura vehicles pose the most urgent threat.
Even a minor fender bender can cause these airbag inflators to rupture, spraying metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 11 people in the U.S. have been killed – including three Californians – 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.
For Southern California residents, the situation is particularly urgent. Prolonged exposure to high heat and humidity degrades the chemical propellant in a defective airbag inflator over time, which makes it more explosive and increases risk of serious injury or death.
Recall notices have been repeatedly mailed to car owners, but we know more must be done. A 50-year old mother in Riverside County was killed in October because of this issue and there have been at least 11 people killed in the United States. We are working urgently to ensure that there is not another fatality.
Ask your networks to visit www.AirbagRecall.com to learn if their vehicle has been recalled, no matter what kind of vehicle they drive.
Review the flyers below to receive instruction on how to get your airbag inflator replaced for free.