Defective Takata Airbags; 17th Death Recorded
Last August 20, a person died and Honda confirmed that the Takata airbag is the cause of the person’s death. The incident that marked the 17th death caused by the recalled airbag occurred in Mesa, Arizona.
Since 2014, automotive manufacturers have recalled 3 million vehicles due to defective inflators. According to reports, these airbags could burst and send tiny bits of metal flying through the inside of a car. This issue has claimed the life of 26 people worldwide and resulted in 290 injuries.
As of today, millions of vehicles with Takata airbags are being recalled. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), long-term exposure to high heat and humidity could lead to the airbags exploding once deployed.
NHTSA added that the recalled vehicles should be repaired immediately. Furthermore, models that were made before 2015 should be evaluated for the defect with Honda and Ford vehicles. These vehicles are likely to have used Takata airbags.
Are you an owner of a Honda or a Ford vehicle made before 2015? Have you experienced any issue with your Takata airbag? Tell us more about it.
Check Your Car Now
If you’re an owner of a vehicle, you can check whether your car is affected by inputting your vehicle identification number (VIN) here (link to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls). You can find your vehicle’s VIN on the title or registration. Also, you can find it embossed in the dashboard on the driver’s side.
According to Honda, the car involved in the August 20 incident was a 2002 Honda Civic. The said car was under a recall since 2011 for airbag inflator replacement. They also confirmed that they have sent 15 recall notices to the owner in eight years.
However, the person who succumbed to injuries was not the registered owner of the car. Most likely, the victim doesn’t know about the safety hazard the vehicle posed.
Editor’s note on the Defective Takata Airbags Kills 17th Person in the U.S.:
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