Meanwhile there are more than 100 injuries that have been reported in connection with the faulty Takata airbag inflators, which can explode and send metal debris and other shrapnel flying inside the cabin at high velocity.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Honda of America have both confirmed there’s a new fatality in the country that was linked to Takata’s inflators, with the safety recall on the company being the biggest ever in the automotive industry. On September 30, a 50-year-old woman crashed in Riverside County, California, and lost her life to the injuries, which were caused by the device that was supposed to protect her – a driver-side Takata airbag exploding during the accident. Alongside the 11 confirmed deaths in the US there are also at least five more fatalities worldwide, and more than 100 injuries in total.
The crashed car is a 2001 Honda Civic, subject to a recall back in 2008. Apparently, it was never repaired although there were more than 20 notices and warnings sent to the registered owner of the car. This is part of the 313,000 Honda and Acura models from 2001 to 2003 that were in the “grave danger” category because the airbag inflators were never replaced during other recalls.
Via Automotive News