Florida's heat and humidity may the reason millions of recalled Takata air bags in the state are more dangerous.
That's according to Mark Rosekind, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Rosekind visited the University of Central Florida Tuesday to alert Florida drivers to the dangers of Takata airbags.
Takata Corp. has recalled more than 32 million air bag inflators in the United States. Rosekind says of the airbags tested after removal, 70-80 percent of ones that were defective were from Florida vehicles. NHTSA officials say Florida’s heat and humidity may be to blame.
Takata's air bag inflators can explode with too much force in a crash, blowing apart a metal canister and spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers.
At least eight people have been killed and more than 100 injured worldwide due to the problem.
Hien Tran, of Orlando, was killed by a faulty air bag in October 2014. After a crash, Tran's death was initially deemed suspicious because of cuts along her neck. But a federal safety report confirmed the woman's neck was sliced by metal shards from her vehicle’s air bag.
Eleven automakers are recalling 57.5 million cars globally. The automakers include BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mutsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Daimler Trucks and Vans.
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The latest information on the Takata recalls can be found here.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.