By Jennifer McRae

DENVER (CBS4/AP)– There are still more than 14 million unrepaired air bags on U.S. roads. That includes hundreds of thousands in Colorado.

Takata Corp. air bags (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Safeairbags.com works with manufacturers to help notify vehicle owners about urgent air bag safety recalls. Heat and humidity can cause faulty Takata airbags to potentially shoot sharp metal fragments at the driver and passengers.

Many drivers have ignored warnings to get their free recall repairs.

Over 30 million air bags in more than 200 models from 20 car and truck makers are being investigated by a U.S. safety agency because they have the potential to explode and hurl shrapnel.

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This photo taken on June 24, 2017 shows the logo of Japan\\\’s car parts giant Takata in the town of Aisho in Shiga prefecture. (Credit: STR/AFP via Getty Images)

the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it opened the probe into air bag inflators made from 2011 through 2019 by now-bankrupt Takata that weren’t recalled previously.

The probe could reverse a decision made in May of last year not to recall the inflators, which contain a moisture-absorbing chemical called a dessicant.

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Jennifer McRae