A woman’s death is possibly linked to the massive Takata airbag recall.
A Louisiana woman, 22-year-old Kylan Langlinais, died after her driver’s side airbag exploded with too much force, spraying shrapnel into the cabin after the car hit a utility pole at 4:00 AM on April 5. According to a lawsuit that has been filed in U.S. District Court in Lafayette, Louisiana, the airbag system “violently exploded and sent metal shards, shrapnel and/or other foreign material into the passenger compartment.” Langlinais received a recall notice on her 2005 Honda Civic in the mail April 7, two days after the accident and two days before she died. The death is possibly the seventh one linked to the Takata airbag recall, which now affects possibly 34-million vehicles.
Previously there have been six confirmed deaths related to the faulty airbags, with five in the U.S. Honda has confirmed a sixth death in Malaysia related to the faulty Takata airbags.
Last week, it was reported that some of the replacement parts used for the Takata recall will need to be replaced, as the replacements parts were faulty.