Recalled Takata Airbag Kills Driver In Arizona, Brings Death Toll To 24

Faulty Takata airbag inflators have claimed another victim as Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have confirmed the driver of a 2002 Civic was killed as a result of an inflator that ruptured during a crash last year.

According to Honda, the driver of the Civic purchased the vehicle less than three months before the accident. Honda wasn’t aware that the vehicle changed hands, so the new owner didn’t receive any recall notifications from the automaker despite the fact that the car was originally recalled in December of 2014.

This unfortunate turn of events could have contributed to the driver’s death as they may not have known their vehicle was involved in the massive recall. However, Honda said they went to extensive lengths to get the previous owners to fix the vehicle. The company says they mailed more than 12 recall notices and made more than 20 phone calls in an attempt to reach them. Despite this effort, the repair was never completed.

In the United States alone, Takata airbag inflators have caused 16 fatalities and more than 200 injuries. 24 people have been killed globally according to the Associated Press

Owners can check to see if their vehicle is included in the recall by using the NHTSA’s Recalls Look-up Tool. If you discover your vehicle is under recall, you should immediately contact your dealer and schedule an appointment to get the faulty airbag inflator replaced.

Acura and Honda said they have enough replacement inflators to complete repairs for all recalled vehicles in the United States. The company also urged people to get the repairs done as soon as possible. Honda went on to say “Older vehicles, especially 2001-2003 model year vehicles, have a heightened risk of an airbag inflator rupture and pose the greatest safety risk.”

  • TechLegend

    Sad, but it could have been prevented. Gotta do your recalls… especially something like this.

  • Ken Lyns

    So it’s possible to do title/plate transfer on a car with open recalls in Arizona?

  • Ken Lyns

    Meh, no different than buying a used car with bad ball joints, worn out brake pads, or exhaust leak. Run the VIN for open recalls and get the car checked out by a mechanic (or yourself if you have some mechanical aptitude). The buyer was negligent as well.

  • TheBelltower

    Dumb question… when you get a safety inspection done every year, or when you buy or sell a car, is a recall check on the car part of it?

    • Jay

      I was just thinking about this too, good question. I assume a good dealership/seller would check the recalls and make sure everything thing is in order but I doubt all places would.

      • TheBelltower

        Especially if it was sold privately. I don’t know what it’s like in AZ, but in NY we need to get our cars inspected when you buy a used car and annually. It does include being notified of any recalls. It’s not reasonable to expect the buyer of a seventeen year old Civic to check on outstanding recalls themselves. Most people wouldn’t know to do this.

  • Mr. EP9

    The fact that there are still Takata airbags out there is unsettling.

  • Ken Lyns

    Again, there are any number of ways a used car can be unsafe, especially in a free state that doesn’t require safety inspections or recalls to be closed to do plate transfer. Not here to babysit.

    Of course, we don’t know the circumstances around the crash. Was the Civic driver at fault? Under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Texting?

    • Althea Later

      That is all besides the point. People have been killed by these airbags in very minor accidents. Sharp pieces of metal get blasted into your face at 200 mph.
      The previous owner of the Civic is extremely irresponsible. 12 notices and 20 phone calls.
      The last two cars I owned that I sold, I had all the recalls done before selling.

      • Ken Lyns

        My point is, things need to be kept in perspective. Why sell a car after 17 years? Usually it’s to unload it with some major problems before they get even more expensive to fix. Used cars are typically sold by private parties as-is with no pretense of being roadworthy or safe. It’s 100% buyer beware.

        Airbags deploy in high-energy collisions, not minor accidents.

  • kaitlin

    The ideology of doing a home based job has spread up around the world, which has provided a completely new dimension in web-based work environment and being beneficial to large number of people. In accordance to latest survey, It provides everyone convenience and independence to routine their valuable time in a way that suits best for them. It contributes greatly in reducing the stress level by giving you a longer time to dedicate with your loved ones and hanging out for holidays together. Being on your own is the excellent component of doing a home based job. You are actually your own boss. An income upto $28000 in one week can be accomplished by utilizing good methodology in an affiliate marketing jobs. You can begin to earn from the first day as soon as you have a look at our website. REGISTER >>>>> REB.SO/99w

  • Ken Lyns

    Why sell a car after 17 years? Usually it’s to unload it with some major problems before they get even more expensive to fix. Used cars are typically sold by private parties as-is with no pretense of being roadworthy or safe. It’s 100% buyer beware.

    • Stephen G

      It is 100% buyer beware, but most people don’t “unload” an older car just because it has major problems. Unless of course you said that because it’s something you have done.

  • Stephen G

    Somebody received these phone calls and notices. If it’s the previous owner they should be held responsible.

2020 Toyota Camry And 2021 Avalon Gain All-Wheel Drive Versions

New all-wheel drive option will turn the Toyota Camry and Avalon into fearless winter commuters -sort of.

Rolls-Royce Says Goodbye To The Ghost As It Prepares To Launch Its Successor

The Ghost will go out of production after a 10-year run, but an all-new model is on the horizon.

UK Roads Could Do Without Signs By 2027 Thanks To Connectivity Tech

This is an ambitious plan, especially given the number of older cars on the streets that lack such advanced features.

McLaren Elva Breaks Cover As Brand’s Most Extreme Roadster Ever

McLaren’s latest Ultimate Series model packs 804 HP and is going to cost you $1.69 million .

Hyundai PHEV SUV Concept To Debut At L.A. Auto Show

Hyundai’s new concept has an elegant profile and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Speeding Porsche Goes Airborne Crashing Into Second Floor Of NJ Building Killing Two

Police say the 2010 Porsche Boxster was traveling at a high rate of speed when it lost control.

This BMW Z8 Is Nearly 20 Years Old, Yet Hasn’t Aged A Day

Powering this 2000 BMW Z8 is a 395 HP 4.9-liter V8 mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Big Banana Car Gets Stopped By Cop, Driver Gets $20 Tip Instead Of Ticket

After the officer found out everything checked out OK, he made a small contribution…

Official Chevy Sketch Hints At C8 Corvette Z06’s Cockpit Design

GM says this is “an early render of a potential interior” for the C8 Corvette Z06.

Take A Tour Around The Obnoxious $1 Million Karlmann King

The $1 million price tag is just the entry point for the world’s most expensive SUV.