A seventh fatality may be linked to Takata’s faulty airbag inflators, based on a recently filed lawsuit in Louisiana. The case alleges that a 22-year-old woman there died in April following injuries from an accident while driving in a 2005 Honda Civic. She reportedly received the mailing about the airbag safety campaign two days after the crash, according to Bloomberg.
The accident occurred on April 5 when the vehicle hit a utility pole. The driver’s airbag deployed but allegedly sprayed metal shrapnel at the woman. “When she was in the hospital, they did exploratory surgery and found no other injuries,” said Kenneth D. St. Pé, the lawyer for the driver’s mother who filed the lawsuit, according to Bloomberg. “Her sole injury was that her throat was cut open.”
In a portion of a statement from Honda to Autoblog, the automaker says: “Honda is now in communication with representatives of the family in an effort to gather further information in order to better understand the situation.”
The Takata airbag inflator recall was expanded in May to cover 34 million vehicles in this country from 11 automakers. Up until now, the faulty parts have been potentially linked to six deaths, including five in the US and one in Malaysia, plus many injuries. Honda and Takata are facing at least two dozen lawsuits in Florida for claims related to the bad components. So far, the evidence suggests that exposure to moisture causes the propellant to ignite too quickly and cause these ruptures. However, many people aren’t getting the problem fixed. Honda Statement:
Honda was recently notified of the crash of a 2005 Honda Civic in Louisiana on April 5, 2015 that later resulted in the death of the driver. The crash may have resulted in the rupture of the Takata driver front airbag inflator. Honda is now in communication with representatives of the family in an effort to gather further information in order to better understand the situation.