Honda Motor Co has confirmed that an eleventh U.S. death can be linked to a faulty and defective Takata airbag inflator. The incident occurred in Florida in June 2016 when the airbag ruptured during the repair of a 2001 Honda Accord.
More than 300,000 recalled Honda vehicles equipped with these hazardous Takata airbags remain unrepaired. In addition, Honda owners have received at least 12 recall notices, unfortunately without specific recommendations on how to fix the vehicle issue.
Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that new tests revealed that the Takata-made airbags of Acura and Honda vehicles have a 50% chance of exploding in a car accident – that compares to only a 1% chance of airbag explosions in other vehicle models. The NHTSA warned drivers to stop driving specific vehicles immediately before the airbag explodes.
Problems with Takata airbag inflators have led to the recall of approximately 34 million vehicles worldwide. Upon impact, the defective airbag can shoot out deadly shards of metal debris towards drivers and passengers. To date, this is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.
As reported by MSN, “at least 17 deaths and 180 injuries worldwide are now tied to the defect that prompted the largest ever auto safety recall and led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection last month.”
Affected Honda vehicles with a faulty Takata Airbag include:
2001-2012 Honda Accord
2001-2011 Honda Civic
2003-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid
2001-2011 Honda Civic NGV
2010-2015 Honda Crosstour
2002-2011 Honda CR-V
2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
2003-2011 Honda Element
2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
2007-2013 Honda Fit
2013-2014 Honda Fit EV
2010-2014 Honda Insight
2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
2003-2015 Honda Pilot
2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline
Contact A Takata Airbag Recall Lawyer
Lieff Cabraser represents drivers across the U.S. threatened by Takata air bag defects. Nearly 34 million vehicles, most manufactured prior to 2009, have been recalled worldwide due to the problem. This is the largest automotive recall to date in U.S. history. These airbags were installed in U.S. and foreign made cars and pickup trucks including in vehicles made by Acura, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Nissan, Mazda, and BMW, among others.
Owners and lessees of these vehicles are invited to contact Lieff Cabraser about injuries and their legal rights.