WASHINGTON — American Honda confirmed today that a Takata airbag explosion was behind the April death of a Louisiana woman, bringing the number of deaths linked to defective airbags from Takata to seven.
The driver-side airbag in the 2005 Honda Civic driven by the woman, Kylan Langlinais, ruptured when she crashed on April 5, Honda said in a statement.
That rupture “resulted in the death of the driver,” Honda said in a statement. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Langlinais family during this difficult time.”
“Honda has communicated information collected to date about this crash to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and a NHTSA representative was present when Honda inspected the airbag inflator to confirm rupture,” the statement said.
NHTSA said it reached the conclusion after examining evidence including a police report, medical records and an inspection of the vehicle.
NHTSA, which recently announced the recall of millions of