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The UCF Police Department and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration teamed up Tuesday afternoon to hold a press conference, at UCF's Emergency Operations Center, in order to encourage vehicle owners to check their air bags for Takata recalls.

Takata air bags have been recalled due to inflators rupturing, sending high-speed metal fragments that can cause serious injuries.

NHTSA is overseeing the recall of an estimated 32 million vehicles, globally, with defective air bags made by Takata Corporation, an automotive parts company based in Japan.

The defective bags are believed to be the cause of eight deaths, including a 2014 death in Orlando.

"We've lost eight over seven years now. That's horrible. There's a risk and we won't accept that," Mark Rosekind, the new head of NHTSA, said at the conference.

Although the root cause is still unknown, Rosekind emphasizes the need to be safe and not take the risk of injuries.

"In this situation, you can't wait to find the root cause. Tests will go on, but the focus will be not just on root cause, but making sure those remedies are affected as well," Rosekind said.

With high heat and humidity being a major factor in rupturing inflators, Florida drivers are especially at risk. Rosekind said 70 to 80 percent of the defective air bags have been found in Florida.

UCF Police Chief Richard Beary informs the public that to avoid risks, safety precautions can help. Precautions can include adding a recall check on a to-do list.

"A lot of you are going to pack up your young men and women and send them off to UCF or to a college somewhere in the U.S. As part of that planning, check on that airbag and put that recall on the list of things that you have to do before you send your student off to school," he said in a UCF Today release.

By making sure vehicle owners are aware of the problem and encouraging them to check their vehicles, Beary and Rosekind hope to reduce the safety risk for UCF and local communities.

"Help us save lives," Beary said.

By using their VIN numbers, vehicle owners can check for current recalls though www.safercar.gov or check by car model and year with a list compiled by CNN:

A

Acura CL, 2003

Acura MDX, 2003-2005

Acura TL, 2002-2003

B

BMW 325Ci, 2004-2006

BMW 325i, 2004-2006

BMW 325Xi, 2004-2005

BMW 330Ci, 2004-2006

BMW 330i, 2004-2006

BMW 330Xi, 2004-2005

BMW 3-Series, 2000-2006

BMW M3, 2001-2006

C

Chrysler 300, 2005-2008

Chrysler 300C, 2005-2007

Chrysler Aspen, 2007-2008

Chrysler SRT8, 2005-2007

D

Dodge Charger, 2005-2007

Dodge Dakota, 2005-2007

Dodge Durango, 2004-2008

Dodge Magnum, 2005-2007

Dodge Ram 1500, 2003-2008

Dodge Ram 2500, 2003-2008

Dodge Ram 3500, 2003-2008

F

Ford GT, 2005-2006

Ford Mustang, 2005-2008

Ford Ranger, 2004-2005

H

Honda Accord, 2001-2007

Honda Civic, 2001-2005

Honda Civic Hybrid, 2003

Honda CR-V, 2002-2006

Honda Element, 2003-2011

Honda Odyssey, 2002-2004

Honda Pilot, 2003-2008

Honda Ridgeline, 2006

I

Infiniti FX35, 2003-2005

Infiniti FX45, 2003-2005

Infiniti I30, 2001

Infiniti I35, 2002-2004

Infiniti M35, 2006

Infiniti M45, 2006

Infiniti QX4, 2002-2003

L

Lexus SC, 2002-2007

M

Mazda6, 2004-2008

MazdaSpeed Mazda6, 2006-2007

Mazda RX, 2004-2008

Mitsubishi Lancer, 2004-2005

Mitsubishi Raider, 2006-2007

N

Nissan Maxima, 2001-2003

Nissan Pathfinder, 2001-2004

Nissan Sentra, 2002-2006

P

Pontiac Vibe, 2003-2007

S

Saab 9-2X, 2005

Subaru Baja, 2003-2005

Subaru Impreza, 2004-2005

Subaru Legacy, 2003-2005

Subaru Outback, 2003-2005

T

Toyota Corolla, 2003-2007

Toyota Corolla Matrix, 2003-2007

Toyota Rav4, 2004-2005

Toyota Sequoia, 2002-2007

Toyota Tundra, 2003-2006

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Marina Guerges is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at MarinaG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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