Safety advocates warn there are still over 1.7-million vehicles on the road that may have defective Takata airbags, which are known to explode with too much force and send shrapnel into passengers with deadly results. Chris Freeman from Fiat Chrysler says October is the most dangerous month for crashes, so that’s extra incentive for getting it fixed. “Repairs are free, and airbags can be repaired, in most cases, in less than an hour.” Entering the vehicle ID number of your car or truck into a public website will tell you if that model is at issue, it’s CheckToProtect.org.

Suzanne Grant