Sixth Airbag-Related Death Reported by Honda


Honda has reported the sixth death related to Takata-manufactured airbags used in its vehicles.

The number of deaths linked to faulty Takata-made airbags continues to rise with the reported Jan. 18 death in Texas of a 35-year-old father of two.

According to Automotive News, American Honda has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of its findings in a preliminary study of the fatal accident. The carmaker said, in a prepared statement, “The vehicle involved in this crash was included in a 2011 recall for the driver’s frontal airbag inflator, and our records indicate that the recall repair was never completed.”

Honda has reported its initial findings to the NHTSA through its Early Warning System. Texas authorities have not made an official determination of the cause.
Meantime, Honda also apologized to the family of the victim
The latest death brings to six the number of fatalities associated with faulty Takata-manufactured airbags. The crash involves a 2002 Honda Accord in which the driver’s side airbag deployed causing the inflator to rupture. Carlos Solis, father of two teens, died after the deployment, the trade paper noted. The accident occurred in Houston.

Since 2008, 24 million vehicles have been recalled due to faulty airbag inflators. More than 60 people have also reportedly been injured by the faulty airbags.

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