Largest auto safety recall in history takes fatal toll on Southern California

More than 200,000 defective airbag inflators remain unrepaired ■ Chronicle / News Service Certain Hondas and Acuras pose up to a 50 percent chance of producing a deadly explosion, prompting community leaders to call for action and commit to increasing awareness of dangerous recall. Hundreds of thousands of Riverside County residents are driving recalled vehicles with dangerously defective airbag inflators that could blast shrapnel into the passenger compartment upon deployment. In response, family and friends of local victims, along with dozens of civic and community leaders, have joined together to urge people to check whether their vehicle is affected, and to get a free, life-saving repair. The new effort is an

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