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Recall notices have been going out to car owners for several years regarding the defective Takata air bags in their cars.  The repairs are done at no charge by auto dealers to replace the defective parts with good ones.  But government records indicate that fully one-third of repairs still have not been done.

That means that more than 16 million people are driving around in cars that still have faulty air bags.  These are the silent killers referred to in the title.  And it gets worse.

The Takata air bags work by using a volatile chemical to create a small explosion which inflates the air bag in a collision.  The defective air bags explode with too much force, potentially firing shrapnel at drivers and passengers.  As a result 23 people have been killed,15 in the U.S.

To make matters worse, the air bags grow more dangerous as they age because the chemical deteriorates in high humidity and hot/cold weather cycles.  So for those 16 million people still driving un-repaired cars the risk increases every day.

Takata is a Japanese company but their airbag systems were used by 19 different automakers, including BMW, from 2002 through 2015.

Go to the NHTSA websitehttps://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-PHLzuyg4QIVPiCtBh00pALoEAAYAiAAEgIyk_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds to find out if your car is one of those 16 million.  You will need your 17 character VIN number to enter into the website.  You can find it at several places on your car as well as on your registration and insurance policy.  If you have trouble, call us for help at 858-755-2404.

Continuing to drive one of these cars is like playing Russian roulette.  Please make sure you are not one of those 16 million people driving a silent killer.

Posted by Allen L Phillips at Del Mar Automotive.  Thanks to trade magazine Ratchet + Wrench for some of the information.

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