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Senator Nelson: Two-thirds of Takata's deffective airbags still not fixed

Sen. Nelson to speak in Orlando about Takata deffective airbag figures

WASHINGTON, DC - Committee Chairman Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) holds up a shrapnel demaged airbag that was manufactured by Takata during a hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - Committee Chairman Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) holds up a shrapnel demaged airbag that was manufactured by Takata during a hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Fla. – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) will be speaking in Orlando Thursday at 1:30 p.m. to discuss recent figures his office has released regarding the two-thirds of all Florida Takata airbags that haven't been repaired. 

The numbers given to Nelson by the appointed independent monitor overseeing the Takata airbag situation showed that approximately 30.4 million of the 46.2 million total recalled inflators nationwide have not yet been repaired.

“It’s been two years since the first nationwide recall, and we still can’t get these potentially deadly vehicles repaired fast enough,” Nelson said in a news release. “We’ve got to pick up the pace on boosting production of replacement inflators and assisting consumers who need to get their vehicles fixed.”

Toyota, BMW, Subaru and Mazda all agreed to pay $533 million to owners of the Takata airbags. The hope is that some of the money will go toward the repair of the airbags that, up to date, have been linked to as many as 16 deaths and more than 180 injuries around the world, according to Nelson's news release.

“We’re in desperate need of a leader who will commit to resolving this Takata mess,” Nelson said.  “At the rate we’re going, we might land humans on Mars before all of these deadly inflators are off the road.”

Out of the 3.1 million defective airbags in Florida, figures showed that only one million have been repaired.