Approximately 43 percent of the 400,000 Takata airbags in Mississippi identified as dangerously defective remain in need of repair, according to AirbagRecall.com.
This news comes despite numerous outreach attempts by vehicle manufacturers as part of their continuous efforts to implement the safety recall.
The Takata airbag recall is particularly urgent for drivers of older vehicle models in Mississippi because prolonged exposure to humidity and high temperature over time would worsen the defect and increase the risk of possible serious injury or death.
Furthermore, more than 350 of the defective airbags fall into the higher risk, 'Do Not Drive' category. The specific 'Do Not Drive' models are: 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, and certain 2006 Mazda B-Series.
"These airbags are dangerous and potentially deadly," U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Acting Administrator James Owens said in a press release. "If your vehicle is under recall, you should contact your dealer for a free repair. It could save your life or the life of someone you love."
For more information about the recall, visit https://www.airbagrecall.com/ or the following manufacturers’ websites: