Two-thirds of defective Takata airbags still not repaired

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
June 1, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCTV) – Two thirds of the roughly 2.3 million vehicles in Florida with defective Takata airbags have not yet been repaired, according to new figures released Thursday by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

The numbers were provided to Sen. Nelson by the independent monitor overseeing Takata’s handling of the recall.

The reports show that approximately 30.4 million of the 46.2 million airbag inflators that were recalled nationwide had not been repaired as of mid-May.

“It’s been two years since the first nationwide recall and we still can’t get these potentially deadly vehicles repaired fast enough,” says Sen. Nelson. “We’ve got to pick up the pace on boosting production of replacement inflators and assisting consumers who need to get their vehicles fixed.”

The new figures were released just two weeks after four of the nation’s top automakers agreed to provide $533 million to owners of vehicles equipped with the faulty airbags.

Toyota, BMW, Subaru and Mazda say a portion of that money will be used to encourage owners to bring their recalled vehicles in for repair.

To date, defective Takata airbags have been linked to as many as 16 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide.

In Florida, the heat and high humidity are thought to be contributing factors in the airbag failures. The new figures show automakers have repaired only 1 million defective inflators in Florida.

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