Another Person Has Died Because of Faulty Takata Airbags

Another person has died in the U.S. as a result of faulty Takata airbags, bringing the number of total related fatalities in the U.S. to 11.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Honda have confirmed that a ruptured Takata airbag inflator caused the death of a 50-year-old woman in Riverside County, California, following a crash on September 30. The vehicle was a 2001 Honda Civic that was first recalled in 2008 but was never repaired.

At least 16 deaths are now linked to the massive worldwide recall, including five in Malaysia. Nearly 100 million airbag inflators are affected by the recall worldwide.

Automakers have fixed approximately 11.4 million inflators in the U.S. to date, which means more than 20 million are still unrepaired. Honda said in a statement that it had sent more than 20 recall notices over nearly eight years to registered owners of the vehicle involved in the deadly California crash.

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