June is Airbag Recall Repair Month in Florida
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~ For the past fourteen years, the United States has been dealing with the largest vehicle safety recall in its history. Defective Takata airbags have caused 24 deaths and more than 400 injuries, with over 7.1 million vehicles on the road still containing unrepaired, recalled airbags. In Florida alone, 388,600 vehicles are affected by this recall.

In an effort to keep drivers safe during the summer travel season, Check To Protect – in partnership with local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealers and other Check To Protect Coalition members – have designated June as Airbag Recall Repair Month in Florida. This statewide campaign is designed to encourage drivers of all vehicles to prioritize safety by taking immediate action to prevent serious injury or death.

Last November, owners of certain recalled Chrysler and Dodge vehicles received a notification to stop driving their vehicles until their driver-side airbag was replaced. Chrysler and Dodge dealerships may either arrange for mobile repair at a person's home or send a complimentary tow-truck.

Unfortunately, airbag recalls disproportionately impact vehicle owners in communities of color, rural communities and low-income communities who are less likely to have access to repair recalls or even receive notifications about them. That's why Check To Protect is reminding Florida drivers that it is fast, free and easy to check for airbag recalls and get them repaired. Drivers can visit CheckToProtect.org and enter their license plate number or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) which can be found on the driver's side dashboard or most vehicle registration and insurance documents. From there they can schedule a free recall repair appointment at a local dealership which typically takes no more than 30 minutes. Additionally, many dealers provide complimentary transportation while vehicles are being repaired or have mobile repair service that bring the airbag repair service to a driver's home. Floridians whose Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or Ram vehicle has an unrepaired airbag recall are eligible for a $50 prepaid Mastercard if they get their airbag repaired by July 15th as well.

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Check To Protect is getting the word out through mailers, advertising campaigns, vehicle canvassing and other outreach methods in order to notify drivers of open airbag recalls (or encouraging them to check at www.CheckToProtect.org) and urging them to protect themselves by getting these dangerous airbags replaced immediately. The program welcomes any automaker or consumer and vehicle safety organization that wishes to join the effort in raising awareness for vehicle safety recalls as well.
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