Honda Confirms Another Death From Takata Airbags

  • Honda Confirms Another Death From Takata Airbags

Honda Confirms Another Death From Takata Airbags

Prior Takata recalls have involved air bag inflators without a drying agent. Instead, it was someone trying to make repairs with a hammer.

Honda confirmed on Monday that a man died in June 2016 when an inflator ruptured while he was working inside a 2001 Honda Accord using a hammer. Completing that recall could have saved someone's life, and Honda says it continues to encourage people who own cars affected by the massive Takata airbag recall to schedule fix appointments with their dealers immediately.

NHTSA estimates that Honda has fixed almost 60 percent of all the recalled airbags within its own and Acura vehicles - but that still leaves millions of inflators needing a fix.

The auto company said it was recently made aware of the death, which happened in Hialeah, Florida.

Another person has died as a result of an exploding Takata airbag, though in this case the vehicle involved wasn't even in a crash. The company would not release the man's name.

According to a Honda spokesperson, a deceleration sensor that activates the airbags is mounted on the wall between the engine and the passenger compartment.

"Our records indicate that the recall fix was never completed on this vehicle", the OEM wrote.

The company said it recently learned of the death. Owners can go online and subscribe to Honda service manuals and find out proper procedures for many repairs.

The airbags on the following Hondas models have up to a 50% chance of exploding in a crash: 2001 and 2002 Accord and Civic, the 2002 CR-V and Odyssey, the 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL, the 2003 Acura 3.2 CL and the 2003 Pilot.

At least 17 deaths worldwide have been associated with the flaw, which can send metal fragments flying through vehicles as air bags inflate. More than 180 injuries have been linked to the problem in the U.S. The problem touched off the largest automotive recall in US history, involving 42 million vehicles and 69 million air bag inflators.

The latter happened near Miami, Florida, in June of 2016 and, unfortunately, the airbag the person triggered happened to be a recalled Takata unit, which was filled with ammonium nitrate propellent known to explode violently after being exposed to high humidity.

Scott Caudill, chief operating officer of TK Holdings, Takata's USA unit, said in a court affidavit last month in its bankruptcy filing that the company "faces insurmountable claims" relating to the recalls and owes billions of dollars to automakers.