NHTSA confirms 11th US fatality involving Takata airbag failure
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified another fatal accident involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator.
A 50-year-old female was killed in Riverside County, California, when her 2001 Honda Civic was involved in an accident that triggered airbag deployment. NHTSA investigators suspect a Takata inflator caused the deadly injuries.
The NHTSA has now counted at least 11 US fatal accidents associated with Takata airbag failures.
The latest victim’s Civic had been listed in a 2008 recall, among the first wave of vehicles deemed defective, however it was never brought in for repairs.
The agency has cited the accident as more evidence that older vehicles have the highest risk of airbag failure. Specifically, the list includes 2001-2003 Honda vehicles including the Civic, Accord, CR-V, Odyssey and Pilot, along with the Acura 3.2TL and 3.2CL.
“Ruptures are far more likely in inflators in vehicles that have spent significant periods of time in areas of high absolute humidity — particularly Florida, Texas, other parts of the Gulf Coast, and Southern California,” the NHTSA warns. “Testing of the inflators from these vehicles show rupture rates as high as 50 percent in a laboratory setting.”