Smarter Driver: What you need to know about the exploding airbag recall
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7.8 Million cars on US roads have an air bag made by Takata corporation, that can explode when activated rather then deploying properly.
And some times a metal piece will be thrown out like a piece of shrapnel.
The company blames moisture during manufacture and in the car's driving environment for making the igniter and propellant unstable.
To find out if you're car is one of the 54 models of one of these airbags, go to safercar.gov, or call the hotline at 888.327.4236.
Have your car's VIN number handy.
Know that you cannot deactivate a driver's side airbag, but your dealer may tell you to cease carrying passengers in the front seat of an affected car until the airbag is replaced.
It pays to double check if your car has an airbag with a potentially explosive problem.
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