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Honda confirmed that two more people died in its cars in Malaysia following crashes that made Takata’s defective airbags deploy and explode.
Takata’s faulty and volatile airbags keep on making casualties, as Honda confirmed two more fatal crashes involving driver-side inflators made by the Japanese auto supplier, climbing the number of such deadly incidents linked to the issue to 13 worldwide. The latest crashes took place on April 16 and May 1 in Malaysia, in the states of Sabah and Kedah, and both involved Honda City cars. The automaker said that the official cause of death had not been determined so far, adding that both vehicles were already included in previously announced recalls in the country. “Honda Malaysia is working with the local authorities to get the database of current owners of these cars and communicate with them on the recall,” Jordhatt Johan, a spokesman for Honda Malaysia, told Bloomberg. This is the third deadly case in Malaysia, after another driver was killed in July 2014 after the rupture of a Takata airbag in a 2003 Honda City.
The latest tragic news comes only one month after the 11th confirmed death of a 17-year-old driver of a recalled 2002 Honda Civic in the US. Of the 10 deaths in the United States, nine have happened in Honda cars, and one in a Ford model. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced this week the expansion of the recall over Takata’s airbags by another 35 million to 40 million inflators, a new safety campaign that will take place in phases between May 2016 and December 2019.