According to an online news report on Thetruthaboutcars.com, Honda confirmed that its vehicle was involved in another deadly incident involving a defective Takata airbag. The fatality is the seventeenth to occur in the United States, but additional fatalities have happened word worldwide, and hundreds of injuries are reported related to the airbags. Some experts believe the actual numbers are higher and that the defects began causing issues prior to the flaw being identified.
This most recent collision included a 2002 Honda Civic that crashed in Mesa, Arizona. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as officials from Honda, the cause of the fatality was the defective inflator in the Takata airbag. The propellant used in the airbag had reportedly broken down, and the airbag ruptured in a crash leading to shrapnel flying into the cabin.
The recall regarding Takata airbags has been massive. Nineteen major manufacturers have been subject to the recall, and about 100 million units are subject to the recall. Given the widespread existence of these defective airbags, such crashes are taking place relatively infrequently. Fifteen of the fatalities in the United States involved Honda vehicles, and the other two involved Fords.
The Honda involved in the most recent crash has been subject to a recall since December of 2011. None of the repairs had been performed on that car. Recalls related to automobiles are relatively common; however, some recalls are direr than others. The Takata airbag recall is an example of a safety recall that should not be ignored.
Officials state that the Takata airbags are at a greater risk of malfunctioning when the vehicles in which they are installed are located in warm climates with fluctuations in humidity. Such conditions seemed to speed up the process of breaking down the chemicals used to inflate the airbags
Drivers concerned that their vehicles might be subject to recalls can visit the website for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to check their vehicle identification number to determine whether any outstanding recalls exist for their model of vehicle.
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