Honda Says Takata Airbag Responsible For Death In Louisiana

Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have confirmed that a ruptured Takata airbag inflator caused the death of a Honda Civic driver on July 10.

The crash happened in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and at the time, the 2004 Civic was under recall but had not been repaired. Honda also discovered that the Takata inflator in the vehicle was not the original one fitted at the factory.

In a bid to rid the market of these faulty second-hand airbags, Honda has removed more than 100,000 inflators from salvage yards across the United States and requested online auction sites stop the sale of these airbags.

The Takata airbags are at the center of the largest ever automobile recall and have been linked to at least 18 deaths and 180 injuries around the world.

Of the Takata airbag fatalities, 12 have occurred in Honda vehicles.

Six months ago, the pressure of the unprecedented recalls forced Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in the United States and Japan. The company will be purchased by Chinese-owned company Key Safety Systems for $1.6 billion.

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  • Bash

    “Honda also discovered that the Takata inflator in the vehicle was not the original one fitted at the factory.”
    How would that make a difference when both are Takata’s product? beside trying to blame “someone else” for it.

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  • Auf Wiedersehen

    So by all means auto makers, take your time getting them all replaced in the millions of cars out there….

    • brn

      It’s not all the automakers. They are also having a hard time getting people to come in to have them replaced.

  • John S.

    I am at a loss. If I had a vehicle with one of these air bags, I would immediately remove it from the car. Wear the seat belt! Air bags are a ,”supplemental restraint system”. Why risk death? At a minimum, disconnect power to them until replaced.

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