The airbag in your vehicle may have a deadly defect.
Instead or protecting you, these defective airbags explode like grenades, spraying metal shrapnel inside the passenger compartment. Eleven people have died, including two right here in Houston. More than 180 people have been severely injured. The good news is, the repair is absolutely free.
A nationwide recall of these defective parts – the largest safety recall in U.S. history – includes millions of vehicles made by 19 different automakers. The defect is made worse by prolonged exposure to heat and humidity. That makes Houston one of the highest-risk cities in the country.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the risk for death or injury is highest in certain 2001, 2002 and 2003 Hondas and Acuras like those pictured here:
These vehicles pose a 50 percent chance of explosion upon deployment. That’s 1 in 2. Even a minor fender bender can cause your airbag to explode.
Help us save lives by spreading the word.
Here’s how check if your vehicle has a dangerous airbag:
1. FIND IT: Write down or photograph your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) found on the driver-side dashboard by the windshield or on your insurance card.
2. SEARCH IT: Visit AirbagRecall.com and enter your 17-digit VIN.
3. FIX IT: If you see text that reads “recall incomplete,” YOUR AIRBAG INFLATOR WILL BE REPLACED FOR FREE. Schedule an appointment at your automaker’s local dealership as soon as possible. If it says “remedy not available,” call a dealer anyway. Make sure your contact information is up to date, so they can notify you when parts are available for your FREE repair.
Keeping our community safe is a top priority for us. That’s why we have joined fellow members of Airbag Recall: Houston – a coalition of community leaders and organizations committed to raising awareness about this urgent public safety crisis.
Person-to-person outreach is incredibly important. Take a few minutes to assist just one other person – a friend, a family member, a neighbor – to check their vehicle, and you could be saving a life – especially if that person drives a high-risk vehicle.
Together, we can achieve our goal of repairing or replacing every defective airbag in Houston.
As you are aware, police and community relations has been at the forefront of our nation over the past couple years. All over the country we have seen unfortunate events of excessive force by officers and a lack of respect from civilians.
In Harris County we have a newly elected Sheriff, District Attorney, and appointed interim Police Chief. Their policies will dictate behaviors and attitudes on both sides and we would like you to be apart of the conversation to discuss ways in which the police and community can work together so that we all may have a better quality of life.
As we enter the New Year, it’s important to commit to positive resolutions. Distracted driving causes more than 10,000 accidents each year in Harris County alone. Houston TranStar’s newly released Public Service Announcement, Don’t Be Ridiculous, depicts the outrageous driving behavior we see on our roadways. Although the actions in the spot are exaggerated (i.e. eating a formal meal while driving), the distractions represented are real and can have deadly consequences.
Join Houston TranStar this year in taking a stand against distracted driving.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner fought rush hour traffic to address a joint breakfast meeting of the Brays Oaks Management District and Southwest Houston 2000 Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Houston Baptist University.
The mayor spoke about the city’s growth and diversity and talked about issues that concern all Houstonians––not just those affecting residents in the southwest sector of the city. He reiterated his commitment to repairing an estimated 40,000 potholes and said that 97 percent of those problems were fixed within one business day in 2016.
“We’re getting it done,” he said, then moved on to the concern of infrastructure repairs and better drainage to reduce flooding problems. The city has identified 22 drainage projects––two in each district––and is focusing on those first. He also talked about the city’s involvement in finding funding for Project Brays, a $480 million project to reduce flooding in the Brays Bayou watershed. While waiting for $311 million in federal funding, a loan of $130 was requested from the state, the mayor said.
In addressing public safety, Turner said that the city is currently 600 officers short and has reassigned 175 desk officers back to the street to assist in filling the gaps. He also talked about controversial changes to the city’s pension plan, which he called “a runaway finance system” that can’t be fixed overnight.
“I don’t have the power to turn water in to wine,” the mayor said, “But, we are not balancing our books on the backs of working men and women.”
The problem of Houston’s homeless population is a much more difficult one to address, he said.
“It’s easy to fill a pothole; it’s much harder to fill a hole in someone’s life,” Turner said. Simply providing housing is not the complete answer, he added, because many of these people will elect to go back to the streets. The problem is partly a financial one and partly a mental health issue. He pointed to a program that the city of San Antonio is currently using to provide shelter and services for up to 1,700 homeless people, but added that the Haven for Hope program is costing $23 million a year.
Turner stressed that the emphasis on the homeless population is not motivated by Super Bowl 51 coming to the city’s NRG Stadium in February because it can’t be fixed by then. It is an ongoing problem that requires the involvement of not only the city government, but also faith-based and charitable organizations. The mayor said that, having lived with hunger and poverty himself, he was personally not opposed to feeding the homeless, but that providing food does not address the complexities of their needs.
“We cannot be comfortable with people living on the streets and under underpasses,” Turner said.
In addition to the mayor’s address, attendees at the breakfast meeting also heard from students of Westbury High School who are working on a project to build a pier at Willow Waterhole near their campus. They have already collected two-thirds of the $30,000 needed to build the pier, but are seeking donations of time, money, labor, and materials from the community.
Dr. Michelle Garza of Sharpstown High School also spoke about a program to register students for discount fare Metro bus passes, since transportation is an important part of school attendance, early arrival for tutoring, and the ability to stay after school for extra-curricular programs.
Many renters know to report safety or maintenance issues to their apartment complex, but what can you do when those issues go un-repaired?
After residents at Mission Falls apartments complained to FOX26 on Tuesday about their entry gate being broken for over a year, and a nearly pitch black parking lot where at least nine street lights were out, FOX26 reached out to the property’s main office for answers. After three tries in 24 hours, no one called back.