FORT BEND COUNTY, TX - Roughly 24 million vehicles in the United States have defective Takata airbags. Most are still on the road right now. . . as only a fracture have been fixed.
One of those drivers was Huma Hanif of Fort Bend County. She is the tenth person in the U.S. to die behind the wheel because of the air bag problem.
Authorities encourage people to go and get their airbags replaced since it is a quick and easy fix.
Huma's 2002 Honda Civic was not among the repaired. Instead, the 17-year-old was driving late last month, when she was involved in a minor accident that deployed her faulty Takata airbag.
Metal fragments were ejected from the airbag and into Hanif's neck. She would've likely survived the crash had the airbag been replaced.
Huma's brother, Faizon, urges people to make sure their airbags aren't a part of this worldwide recall -- to avoid heartbreak like his. "That's all I wanted, I wish we would've recieved a notice from Honda so we could've avoided that tragedy."
Honda has owned the mistake and will fix the airbags free of charge, so take a second to double check.
It truly is better safe than sorry.
NOTE: Consumers can check to see if their car is included in the recall by going to a special website created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html.
Carfax has a free service called myCarfax.com that continuously monitors vehicles for recalls and sends push notifications or emails when one is issued at any time. Put in a license plate or VIN once and myCarfax.com does the work for you, so concerned drivers no longer need to keep checking a website.
Go to www.mycarfax.com to download the free app or use the desktop service.