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The federal government is expanding an investigation into malfunctioning air bags to include an additional 12.3 million vehicles with air bags that could fail to inflate in a crash.

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South Florida residents are more at risk of injury and death from defective airbags than people in other parts of the country, according to federal transportation officials.

Florida also ranks third in unrepaired vehicles with faulty airbags from the Japanese maker Takata, with more than 1.4 million defective airbags still in use. That compounds the fact that the region's climate makes the airbags more unpredictable and dangerous, officials say. 

There are nearly half a million cars in South Florida with faulty airbags from the Japanese airbag maker Takata. According to Florida Senator Bill Nelson, the state has seen the most deaths and injuries in the entire country due to the defective airbags, which may explode due to excessive heat and humidity.