Another Person Dies Due to Exploding Honda Airbag Inflator

In January, a driver in South Carolina was killed due to an exploding Honda Takata airbag inflator. This is not a one-time incident—Honda itself has confirmed that this is at least the 16th confirmed U.S. death related to the recalled airbag inflator. The company released the following statement about the incident:

"The driver of the vehicle sustained injuries from the ruptured inflator and subsequently died. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family of the driver."

Takata Airbag Recall

Honda revealed that the driver, a 35-year-old man, was driving through an intersection when he was hit by another vehicle. The impact of this crash caused the driver’s frontal airbag of the 2002 Honda Takata to explode, sending shards of metal into his face.

Subsequently, Honda and the National Highway of Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation and found that the airbag was recalled back in April 2011; the car company had made over 100 attempts to contact the owner by means by emails, phone calls, mailed letters, and in-person visits. However, the part was never repaired.

The recall itself was due to the Takata having used a volatile ammonium nitrate in order to create a small explosion to inflate the airbag in a crash. However, when exposed to moisture over time, the chemical can become more volatile and cause an explosion that blows apart the metal canister.

This problem has caused one of the largest car recalls in U.S. history, with over 63 million inflators being recalled in the U.S. and over 100 million inflators recalled worldwide. As of last year, 11.1 million inflators have still not been fixed.

How to Handle a Recall

If your vehicle or its part has been recalled, visit our blog to learn what your rights are and what steps you should take in order to get the problem fixed as soon as possible. Additionally, if you have tried to get a part of your vehicle repaired several times without success, you may have legal rights under California lemon laws.

Our legal team has helped over 10,000 consumers and can ensure that your potential rights are protected, too.

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