The American division of the automaker reports another dead driver due to a faulty Takata airbag, who crashed his car in early January 2021.
Honda has released a statement confirming that a faulty Takata airbag caused the death of a person driving a 2002 Honda Accord. The accident occurred on January 9, 2021. It is clarified that this is the 16th death associated with the Takata inflator in Honda vehicles in the United States.
In addition, Honda passengers have received more than 200 injuries due to Takata inflators. Honda noted that the vehicle has been on recall since April 2011 and the driver who died in the accident was not a registered Accord owner. Honda also said it continues to urge owners of older 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles to bring their vehicles to a dealership to replace potentially defective airbags. Today’s announcement follows a joint inspection by NHTSA and American Honda.
Recall that once the largest company Takata specialized in the production of passive safety systems – belts and airbags, as well as car steering wheels. But in 2017, the manufacturer went bankrupt due to defective airbags. The company acknowledged the production of faulty airbags, but to this day they are still installed in cars. According to various estimates, Takata paid up to $ 15 billion in fines.
Note that for the first time it became known about the death of a person due to airbags in the early 2000s, but at first they did not attach any importance to it. However, when the cases began to recur, large-scale recall campaigns of cars followed, which included models of the brands Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks North America, Daimler Vans USA LLC, Dodge / Ram, Ferrari, Fisker, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen.