Honda reported the 11th US death resulting from a faulty Takata Corp air bag inflator Monday, an issue which led to the largest ever auto safety recall.
The Japanese company said this particular incident occurred in June 2016 in Florida when an individual was repairing a 2001 Honda Accord and the airbag ruptured. This is the defect with Takata inflators: they can explode with excessive force, unleashing metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks.
The Honda Accord was amongst the over 300,000 vehicles left un-repaired with a risk for exploding airbags. U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have been trying to weed out the malfunctioned cars and have implored owners to get their cars fixed, and not drive them until they do.
NHTSA said 2001-2003 model Honda and Acura vehicles have as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash. Honda said the vehicle’s registered owners had received at least twelve recall notices but never got recommended repairs.
Meanwhile, Takata will never be a company again, as Scott Caudill, chief operating officer of TK Holdings, Takata’s U.S. unit, said in a court affidavit last month in its bankruptcy filing that the company “faces insurmountable claims” relating to the recalls. The company reportedly owes billions of dollars to automakers.
They will recall a whopping 125 million vehicles by 2019.
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