Honda reports two suspected Takata airbag deaths
Honda has reported two more fatal accidents involving ruptured Takata airbag inflators.
Both accidents occurred in Malaysia, one on April 16 in Sabah state and another on May 1 in Kedah state. The driver-side single-stage airbag inflators ruptured in both vehicles, including a 2006 and 2003 City, respectively.
Both vehicles had been listed in Malaysian recalls to replace the failed inflators. The vehicles may not have been repaired, however this has not been explicitly confirmed by Honda.
“Both crashes resulted in the tragic deaths of the drivers,” the company said in a statement. “No official cause of death has been yet determined for either case.”
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week announced a widespread recall for all Takata airbag inflators that use ammonium-nitrate propellant without a desiccant to keep the chemical dry. The expansion includes 35-40 million airbags in the US market.
Honda has now counted at least a dozen deaths that may have been caused by defective Takata airbag inflators.