Recalled Takata Air Bag Caused Death in January Honda Crash

By Cee Lippens April 25, 2021
 Honda has now confirmed 16 deaths and more than 200 injuries in the U.S. related to defective Takata airbags Honda has now confirmed 16 deaths and more than 200 injuries in the U.S. related to defective Takata airbags

A January traffic fatality has been confirmed as the 19th person killed by an exploding Takata airbag inflator since 2009 and the 16th involving a Honda.

Honda, in conjunction with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), confirmed that a defective Takata airbag caused the death of the driver of a 2002 Honda Accord in Lancaster County, S.C., on January 9th, 2021. 

The Honda Accord involved in the crash had been under recall since April 2011. Honda said in its statement that more than 100 attempts had been made to reach owners of this vehicle including mailed notices, phone calls, emails and in-person canvassing visits. Honda records indicate the recall repair was never completed.

35yr old Rekeyon Barnette was killed by a faulty Takata airbag in Jan.9th's Honda crash

The company also said it continues to urge owners of certain Honda and Acura vehicles from 2001-2003 model years to get their vehicles to a dealership to have the potentially defective airbags replaced. Those vehicles are at a far higher risk for an airbag explosion that could injure or kill vehicle occupants. 

There have been 28 deaths worldwide and more than 400 injuries tied to faulty Takata inflators, with 200 of those injuries occurring in Honda vehicles.

In January the NHTSA said that 50 million of the 67 million recalled inflators have been repaired. The defect prompted the largest automotive recall in history. The Takata recalls cover about 100 million inflators among 19 automakers worldwide, including about 67 million inflators in the United States. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause the Takata airbags to explode when deployed. Takata used volatile ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate airbags in a crash. In rare instances, the air bag inflators rupture, sending dangerous metal fragments flying into the passenger compartment.

In 2018, the Chinese auto parts supplier KSS (Key Safety Solutions) bought Takata for $1.6 billion, after a slew of recalls, lawsuits and a criminal investigation drove Takata into bankruptcy. The combined companies have been rebranded as Joyson Safety Systems, which is based in Auburn Hills, Mich. As a part of the purchase deal, replacement inflators will continue being produced by the combined companies, with parts production winding down over the next few years.

 

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