Takata Air Bag Cause Of Death Arizona Crash

April 3, 2019


Early in March, Honda was notified that an exploding Takata air bag was the cause of one Arizona man’s death in June of 2018. This has now brought the worldwide death toll from the devices to at least 24, and there have been more than 200 people injured by the inflators.


The driver of the Civic was involved in a crash and was hit by shrapnel from the air bag and injured. He later died at a hospital.


This defect has case the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history, and with nearly 100 million inflators expected to be recalled worldwide.


The owner of the Civic purchased the vehicle used no more than three months prior to his death. However, there is no requirement that sellers of used cars repair or inform buyers of any recalls. Until recently, Honda did not know the car had been sold to another party.


The Civic had been under recall since December 2014 due to a faulty driver’s front air bag inflator. According to Honda, the company mailed out 12 recall notices to the previous owners over three years. It also claims that the company made more than 20 phone calls in an effort to reach the owners, but Honda’s records show the repairs were never made.


In a statement last Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated “This is a critical reminder of the serious nature of the Takata airbag recall and serves as an important call to action”. The agency is urging owners to check for open recalls using the NHTSA website and entering the vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number.


Honda state it does have sufficient supplies of replacement inflators and is urging owners to get recalled vehicles repaired as soon as possible. According to the company, older vehicles, especially from the 2001 to 2003 model years are most at risk.



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