Just days after US authorities linked a seventh death case to the global Takata safety crisis, Honda Motor’s US division announced another fatality case has been tied to the rupture of a Takata airbag inflator.
The number of deaths linked to the Japanese auto safety producer’s airbags has been taken to eight, with hundreds of injuries, in a global safety crisis that initially started back in 2008 and escalated since last year. Honda, which produced all of the vehicles tied to death cases because it’s Takata’s biggest client, announced the September 2014 accident that lead to the death of a woman in Los Angeles, California has been the eighth fatality linked to the recall conundrum. Takata, alongside eleven auto manufacturers, has started recalling autos since 2008 because the airbag inflators could explode with too much force and send metal debris and shrapnel inside the cabin at high velocity – with almost 34 million vehicles recalled on the matter in the US alone.
Us auto safety regulators have also confirmed the death of Jewel Brangman in a 2001 Honda Civic was the seventh fatality case in the United States, with the eighth death across the globe being a pregnant woman in Malaysia. Honda said in a statement the 2001 Civic had a salvage title issued in October 2011 and then acquired by a rental car agency in San Diego, California. It was subsequently rented out to Ms. Brangman in August 2014. The automaker said previous recall notices had been sent to owners of the vehicle starting with August 2009 and the latest safety campaign started after the accident occurred.