White Co. Woman Claims Airbags Exploded Without Warning

Posted at 10:27 PM, Jun 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:35:32-04

WALLING, Tenn - Millions of cars have been recalled for defective airbags that could explode without warning.

A White County woman said the same thing happened to her 1997 Kia Sportage and it is not covered by the recent recall involving airbags manufactured by Takata.

Carole Conley said the driver-side airbags exploded Sunday as she was sitting in the car with it idling.

Conley said a few minutes later and the exploding airbags could have been disaster.

She said she was sitting in the car waiting for her son to get in. If they had gone off while she was driving down the road she believes she would have wrecked the car with her son inside.

"Any wreck will scare you," Conley said. "But to be literally sitting still. When the first one blew I was kind of alright. You're scared, shaky, but when I went to get out and (the other) one blew I mean I was terrified."

Conley still has some marks on her legs and minor cuts on her arm, but is otherwise okay.

NewsChannel 5 reached out to Kia for a statement but has not yet received a response.

While there is no official recall on the airbags, NewsChannel 5 found people posting online saying the same thing happened to them while driving.

To see if your vehicle is affected by the Takata airbag recall visit the government's recall website.