Takata Recalling Another 2.7 Million Faulty Airbags

Randall Padilla
July 12, 2017

Honda said the vehicle was parked but the ignition switch was on, with the airbags activated. More than 180 people have been hurt in the USA alone. Both air bags had inflated.

Takata's nitrate-based air bags, which don't use the chemical additive, have been under recall since they were linked to multiple fatalities and injuries, leading to the largest auto recall in history.

Honda says the individual died the following day from his injuries, though it's not obvious if the shrapnel resulting from the ruptured inflator was the cause of death or if the "interaction of the hammer with the deploying airbag" was the culprit.

She testified a year later, telling a congressional panel that Takata and Honda had failed to protect consumers when they didn't provide sufficient warnings about a product defect. Last month, the company filed for bankruptcy protection and agreed to sell its assets to a competitor.

The company did not release the name of the man out of respect for his family, but confirmed that he was not the car's owner and he was working on the vehicle at a private residence. Martin noted that there is a deceleration sensor that activates the air bags mounted on the wall between the engine and passenger compartment.

Honda said it might be impossible to determine what actually triggered the airbag.

Takata Airbag Inflator Shrapnel
Enlarge Image Shrapnel from a defective Takata unit Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

"The rupture most likely contributed to his death", Martin said.

Honda has recalled more than 11 million vehicles equipped with Takata airbags, part of a widespread recall covering more than 40 million vehicles in the U.S. General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Toyota (TM) and other automakers have also issued recalls for Takata airbags that may explode when deployed.

According to Honda, Alpha inflators can have as high as a 50-50 chance of exploding and injuring an occupant. About 46 million Takata air bags in 29 million cars have already been called back, with another 20 million to 25 million additional air bags set to be recalled with the next couple of years.

Honda says its service procedures recommend disconnecting the battery when working on the air bag system.

Honda urged owners who have received recall notices to get repairs made as soon as possible, especially those with the most risky type of inflator. The owner had received 12 recall notices. The twist this time, however, is that the incident didn't occur during a crash, but while the vehicle was in a shop being repaired.

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