MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Nearly 8 million vehicles on the road are affected by a massive recall on airbags, and due to high humidity possibly being the cause of the problem, it is especially important that vehicles in South Carolina get fixed, according to a local mechanic.
Gary Freeman with C&G Auto said he has sold some of the affected models. He called the people who he sold them to and warned them of the recall, and advised them to take the car to a dealer.
The government's auto safety agency says that inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed.
Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the problem, which they claim could affect more than 20 million cars nationwide. On Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration added 3.1 million vehicles to an initial warning covering 4.7 million cars and SUVs.
Automakers have been recalling cars to fix the problem for several years, but neither Takata nor NHTSA have identified a firm cause. The agency opened an investigation into the problem in June, and a theory put forth in agency documents suggests the chemical used to inflate the air bag can be altered by high humidity, making it explode with too much force while deploying.
You can see the complete list of affected vehicles on the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration website here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/Vehicle-owners-with-defective-airbags-urged-to-take-immediate-action
And you can also use your VIN to look up any recalls currently in place for your vehicle: http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners/vin-lookup-sites
Tune in to WMBF News this evening for a full report on this latest recall.