Driving in Florida already puts you at risk for being involved in a car accident. However, being involved in an automobile in a particular vehicle now could put you or your loved ones at greater risk. This is because if your Toyota is exposed to consistently high humidity (what car isn't in Florida), there is a risk that your airbag can inflate improperly and blast metal shrapnel through the cover and into the vehicle's occupants. According to USA Today, Toyota warns that nobody should ride in the front passenger seat of those vehicles until the recall repairs have been completed.
According to the USAToday.com article, Toyota has added 247,000 vehicles to a previous recall for potentially deadly airbags supplied by Takata. Toyota identified the newly added vehicles as Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus SC vehicles produced from 2001 to 2004. The vehicles are those specifically sold in the high-humidity areas of southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, U.S Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa.
If you own such a vehicle, dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflators without charge. If they don't have parts in stock, dealers will hang a warning label on the glove box door saying that nobody should ride in the front passenger seat until the cars are fixed.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don't.
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