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South Mississippians among those concerned about airbag recall

Diamondhead resident Roy Wamstad had the airbag in this 2005 Honda Civic replaced in March, but he's still afraid it may be defective. (Photo source: WLOX) Diamondhead resident Roy Wamstad had the airbag in this 2005 Honda Civic replaced in March, but he's still afraid it may be defective. (Photo source: WLOX)
DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) -

The Takata Corporation's massive recall for defective airbags is the biggest in U.S. Auto industry. Nearly 34 million cars will be involved.

Now, every time Roy Wamstad turns on his engine, he's worried that it could be the start of something horrible. His 2005 Honda Civic was repaired during the first wave of recalls for defective airbag systems in late March.

The recall involves 11 auto manufacturers, but Honda has been most affected, and Wamstad has three.

"I'm really worried," he said. "Not about myself, but my grandbabies are in the car with a lot. I'm worried about my daughter, my wife - they have Hondas. You know, I'm worried it's going to explode in our face."

He and millions of other people are flooding the U.S. government's recall website - safercar.gov - to see if their cars are involved. But ABC reports that none of the 17 million newly recalled cars have been listed yet.

The buzz is getting plenty of attention.

"I think that I am going to eventually go and see if our car is one of the ones on the recall, just because how much attention it's getting on the news recently," said Barbara Walker of Gulfport. "I saw a video showing some of the shrapnel flying out of it. So I think my concern is being raised here more. I'm more concerned about it now."

So is Amanda Smith of Jacksonville, Florida.

"I'm pretty concerned about the airbag situation because it's not just myself being transported in the car but it's also my family."

And even if he gets an all-clear, Wamstad is still worried.

"Even when they fix it, how do we know that they are fixed then? I mean, they told me this was fine. Now it may not be. They told me my wife's car was fine, my daughter's car was fine now they are saying they may not be."

Takata and automakers continue to search for the root cause of the defect. But in new filings with the safety agency, Takata went beyond its previous statements that there had been some errors in manufacturing and admitted to flaws in the airbags' design and components.

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