NHTSA Taka Airbags

This image was taken from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration video explaining the Takata airbag recall.

Jerry Cox sometimes finds himself walking around a parking lot near a university gym he frequents. He pulls out his phone to check vehicle identification numbers through a database filled with recalls.

Sometimes, an airbag recall pops up. After all, many of the cars in the parking lot were built between 2000 and 2015. Cars their parents bought, or purchased from a used car dealer, thought to be reliable second-hand vehicles.

Matt Hoffmann can be reached at matt.hoffmann@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NpNowHoffmann.

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