Honda Confirms 11th U.S. Death Tied to Takata Airbag Inflator
July 11, 2017—Honda Motor Co confirmed an 11th U.S. death involving one of its vehicles tied to a faulty Takata airbag inflator, according to Reuters.
The Japanese automaker said the incident occurred in Florida in June 2016 when an individual was working on repairs on a 2001 Honda Accord and the airbag ruptured. At least 17 deaths and 180 injuries worldwide are now tied to the defect that prompted the largest ever auto safety recall and led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection last month.
The Honda Accord was among a group of more than 300,000 unrepaired recalled Honda vehicles equipped with inflators with a substantial risk of rupturing. Honda said the vehicle's registered owners had received at least 12 recall notices but never got recommended repairs.
The individual working on the vehicle in Florida died a day after sustaining injuries when the airbag deployed.
Last year, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urged owners to stop driving the "unsafe" cars until they were fixed. NHTSA said 2001-2003 model Honda and Acura vehicles have as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous airbag inflator rupture in a crash.
Of the deaths linked to Takata's inflators, 16 took place in Honda vehicles since May 2009, including five in Malaysia using a different type Takata inflator, while one death occurred in a Ford Motor Co (F.N) vehicle in South Carolina in December 2015.