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Honda Confirms California Takata Airbag Related Death

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Honda Confirms California Takata Airbag Related Death

American Honda Motor Company linked the September 2014 death of a woman to the Takata airbag inflator. This brings the total number of American Takata airbag deaths to seven, and the eighth fatality worldwide. U.S. highway safety regulators confirmed the death of twenty-six year-old Jewel Brangman, who rented the 2001 Honda Civic in San Diego as the seventh U.S. Takata airbag related death. The defective Takata airbag inflators explode spontaneously due to excessive internal pressure, sending shards of metal throughout the passenger cabin. While the inflators were previously believed to be problematic in areas with high temperatures and humidity, this incident shows the inflators can also explode in milder climates. Honda therefore has issued recalls on the driver’s-side airbag inflator since July 2009 and urged owners of recalled vehicles to repair the defective airbag inflators “as soon as possible.”

Honda Recalls Additional Vehicles

U.S. regulators ordered Honda to recall about 34 million vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators (driver’s side, passenger’s side or both), making more than 16 million of U.S. vehicles unsafe. On June 15, 2015, in an effort to prevent an additional Takata airbag related death, Honda recalled another 1.39 million U.S. vehicles with front passenger-side Takata airbags. Honda and Acura models affected by the defective Takata airbag inflators include:

Honda Acura
Model Year Model Year
Accord 2001-2007 MDX 2003-2006
Civic 2001-2005 CL 2003
CR-V 2002-2006 RL 2005
Element 2003-2011 TL  2002-2003
Odyssey 2002-2004
Pilot 2003-2008
Ridgeline 2006

Honda Takata Airbag Recall: Solution

All recalls should be treated seriously and immediately as they involve the safety of the driver and its passengers. To check if your Honda has been recalled, visit the NHTSA VIN-lookup tool and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Or, visit Honda’s Product Recall Information website. Your vehicle’s VIN can be found either on the lower driver-side corner of the windshield (visible from outside the vehicle) or on your registration and insurance documents.

Injured by Honda’s Defective Takata Airbag? Call 1-800-380-8080!

If you or a loved one suffered an injury in your Honda due to the defective Takata airbag, don’t wait, call 1-800-380-8080 for a FREE legal consultation with a 1-800-THE-LAW2 Product Liability Lawyer or Personal Injury Lawyer. Manufacturers have the responsibility to provide quality products that operate as advertised. An experienced product liability lawyer can help you prove fault for a defective product, file your claim and more importantly, represent your rights. Calling 1-800-THE-LAW2 is risk free, either you get paid or you don’t pay at all!

Sources:

  1. Reuters. Honda confirms eighth death linked to Takata airbags. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  2. Reuters. Honda recalls another 1.39 mln US vehicles with Takata air bags. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
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