Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Woman Hurt by Takata Air Bag Urges Owners to Get Cars Fixed

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Woman Hurt by Takata Air Bag Urges Owners to Get Cars Fixed

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DETROIT * A woman who was seriously hurt by an exploding Takata air bag inflator in a 2013 crash is helping Honda's effort to persuade car owners to get the dangerous parts replaced.

Stephanie Erdman, an Air Force officer, nearly lost her right eye when the inflator in her 2002 Civic exploded into pieces in the crash. She is appearing in new Facebook videos aimed at Honda owners who have yet to get free repairs under the massive Takata recalls.

The videos come just three days after a report found that 19 automakers have replaced only 43 percent of recalled Takata inflators in the U.S., despite the threat that they can break apart and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

"I feel like there needs to be a real sense of urgency on the part of anyone driving these cars," Erdman said in an interview. …

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