Defective airbags under recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have not been replaced.
According to a release from the NHTSA, long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags inflator unit to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths.
The airbags, manufactured by Takata, are under recall because when they deploy the inflator can explode upon deployment blasting sharp metal fragments at drivers and passengers, resulting in serious injury or death, even in a minor crash.
A release by PR Newswire cites two incidents in Louisiana where drivers were killed when their airbags deployed and the defective inflator exploded. The driver one vehicle died when schrapnel from the inflator severed her carotid artery, another died when schrapnel fractured the driver's larynx.
Repair and replacement costs of recalled airbags are already covered at no cost to you by the manufacturer.