Death in Honda Civic crash linked to Takata airbags
Texas driver dies from neck wound caused by recalled airbag inflator
Another death has been linked to recalled Takata airbags. Late last month a 17-year-old driver of a 2002 Honda Civic died from an injury caused by the deployment of an airbag during a rear-end collision.
The victim drove into the back of a Honda CR-V that was waiting to make a left-hand turn at a traffic light, which triggered the airbags, Reuters reports. The police said that the driver of the 2002 Honda Civic had not been speeding excessively and that the crash itself caused only moderate damage to her car. The driver was also wearing her seat belt.
According to Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Beckwith, shrapnel punctured the airbag and cut the woman’s neck and carotid artery. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Honda issued a statement on the latest fatality.
“During an inspection today, accompanied by representatives of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Sherriff’s Department of Fort Bend County, Texas, and Takata, American Honda confirmed that the Takata driver’s airbag inflator ruptured in the crash of a 2002 Honda Civic on March 31, 2016, in Fort Bend County, Texas, resulting in the tragic death of the driver. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family of the driver during this difficult time.”
In recent months the automaker has drastically increased efforts to locate and contact owners of affected vehicles to prevent injuries and deaths from faulty airbags.
“American Honda continues to urge owners of Honda and Acura vehicles affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls to get their vehicles repaired at authorized dealers as soon as possible. Vehicle owners can check their vehicles’ recall status at www.recalls.honda.com for Honda owners or or www.recalls.acura.com for Acura owners or by calling their authorized dealer.”
The automaker also states it currently has enough replacement inflators to complete the required repairs for affected vehicles, with the exception of the recall announced on Feb. 3 of this year. Honda is still waiting to receive inflators for the latest recall from an alternative supplier but expects to have them in the next several days.
Last month’s fatality brought the total number of U.S. deaths linked to Takata airbags to 10. In December of 2015 the driver of a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup in South Carolina suffered a fatal injury when a metal piece from an inflator canister punctured his neck during a collision with a cow in the road.