Confirmed: Third Takata airbag death in three months

Honda confirms Takata airbag fatality in recalled Honda City model

Recent fatality in Malaysia occurred in an older, recalled Honda City model

Honda has confirmed another fatality involving a recalled Takata airbag inflator. The accident happened in Malaysia and involved a 2005 Honda City, a model that has been involved in two other recently reported deaths linked to Takata airbag ruptures.

“Honda has confirmed during an inspection with the Royal Malaysia Police that the Takata single stage (SDI) driver’s airbag inflator ruptured in the crash of a 2005 Honda City on June 26, 2016 in Selangor state,” the automaker said in a statement. “The vehicle involved in this crash was included in a Malaysian Product Update (recall) announced on May 21, 2015, requiring replacement of the SDI inflator of the Takata driver’s front airbag.”

On April 16 of this year, the driver of a 2006 Honda City died from injuries sustained during an airbag rupture. Just a couple weeks later, on May 1, another driver in Malaysia died from similar injuries in a 2003 Honda City. The City is a compact sedan positioned below the Civic and is not sold in the U.S., though the model is popular in some countries in Southeast Asia.

“Since 2015, this vehicle involved in this crash has been included in both driver’s Takata airbag inflator and passenger’s Takata airbag inflator recalls,” the automaker added. “Three mailed recall notices related to those recalls were sent to the owner. Our records indicate that the recall repair was never completed.”

Honda urges owners whose vehicles have been recalled to have the pertinent parts replaced at a dealership as soon as possible.

Visit the automaker’s airbag recall website to check if your Honda is part of the Takata recall. The website contains a list of recalled models, as well as a VIN lookup tool to confirm recall status. You can also check our list of U.S.-market vehicles with recalled Takata airbags here.

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