Jason Robichaud used to drive his 2005 Ford Mustang every chance he got. But now, he’s afraid of the car.
“I love to drive,” he said “It’s a thing that’s been in my family. I just love cars, but it’s just not enjoyable right now.”
That’s because Robichaud’s car is part of a massive recall for airbags that could deploy – even when not involved in an accident – and send shrapnel flying. Robichaud worries his family could get hurt – or worse.
His car is among the nearly 8 million faced with a recall nationwide. Four deaths and dozens of injuries have been blamed on the airbags. But many car dealers, including Robichaud’s, say they don’t have the parts needed to fix the cars.
Robichaud says he was told he would have to wait at least two weeks, maybe longer.
In the meantime, he’s driving to work every day and trying to stay off the road as much as possible.
“I just don’t have an alternative,” he said. “There’s no choice in the matter, to just not drive my car. i do need to put food on my table and support my family.”
Some car dealers have disconnected faulty airbags, but that could be dangerous too. And some dealers won’t do that because it is dangerous, too.
“I wanted them to disconnect the airbag, but due to safety issues, they couldn’t do that either,” Robichaud said. “So I’m driving around with a possible airbag that might deploy at any time, without even an accident and I might get shrapnel in my face. I do have a 6-month-old daughter, and I refuse to part her in my car.”
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