Unfortunately, it seems there is an epidemic of defective airbags (Takata Airbags) that caused the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to send out a consumer advisory in late October requesting drivers to take action urgently.
From the NHTSA: "Over seven million vehicles are involved in these recalls, which have occurred as far back as 18 months ago and as recently as Monday."
The NHTSA warned owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford, and GM vehicles to check if their cars have the recalled Takata airbags.
Among the regions affected by the recall is Florida, so please make sure that you check whether or not your vehicle has the defective airbags.
David Friedman, NHTSA Deputy Administrator, explained the dire situation in the press release:
"Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata airbags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures. However, we’re leaving no stone unturned in our aggressive pursuit to track down the full geographic scope of this issue."
Do not brush this off any longer. If you are driving a car with defective airbags, your life and the lives of your passengers could be in danger. Please take the precautionary steps necessary.