HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -At least 70,000 Hawaii residents are still driving vehicles with dangerously defective Takata airbags.
The company issued a recall back in 2014, however, thousands of unchecked vehicles remain on the road.
When deployed, these airbags blast sharp metal fragments at drivers and passengers causing serious injuries and – in some cases – death.
The safety recall is particularly urgent for Hawaii residents due to tropical weather. According to officials, vehicle exposure to high heat can make the defect even worse.
Some 19 different vehicle manufacturers have been identified, however, listed below are what the professionals named ‘Do Not Drive’ models.
· 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
· Certain 2006 Ford Ranger
· Certain 2006 Mazda B-Series
Hawaii residents with an airbag recall vehicle can contact any of the manufacturer’s nearby dealerships to schedule a free recall repair.
“These airbags are dangerous and potentially deadly,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi R. King. “If your vehicle is under recall, I can't stress how urgent it is to immediately take it to your dealer for a free repair. It could save your life or the life of someone you love.”
Recall repairs are free and most dealerships are offering free towing or loaner vehicles to accommodate affected vehicle owners.
To check if your vehicle is included in the recall, click here.