Honda Motor’s US division confirmed recently that a defective airbag inflator produced by Japan’s Takata Corp. had ruptured in an accident involving a Honda model in Florida last month, with the driver injured.
The third largest Japanese automaker confirmed earlier police and hospital record reports that one of its vehicles was involve din a Florida crash and the car’s airbag exploded with a piece of metal debris from the airbag hitting the driver’s neck. The 2003 model Honda Civic that crashed was among the cars included in a safety campaign concerning the passenger’s front airbag inflator, according to a statement coming from the American unit of the automaker. The defective Takata airbags have been linked to at least six fatalities – all occurring in Honda produced models – the carmaker is the Japanese auto safety parts supplier’s largest client. Honda added the notice surrounding the recall was sent twice to the owner before the crash, the first time being in September – though the driver’s attorney claimed he only received the notice after the accident happened.
The defective Takata airbags have been on recalls as far back as 2008 and turned into a potential major global disaster in the past couple of years when ten carmakers needed to recall millions of cars because the airbag inflator exploded with too much force, spraying the car’s interior with metal debris and shards flying at high velocity. The recalls initially surrounded high humidity regions, believed to augment the wear and tear, but subsequent calls from safety regulators have led the automakers to expand the safety campaigns.