Takata Airbags Have Been Linked to Eight U.S. Deaths
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jan 05, 2016 in Defective Products
Takata airbag deaths have now claimed the lives of eight people in the U.S. The most recent victim was a 13-year-old boy who crashed a relatives 2001 Honda Accord outside of Pittsburgh, Pa.
A spokesman for The National Highway of Traffic Safety Administration has tentatively confirmed that the boys death was a result of the airbag rupture.
The crash occurred over the summer, but the NHTSA just learned of the boys death in December, after receiving a letter from the family's attorney. The agency will conduct a thorough examination of the crash in the following weeks.
Globally, this is the ninth death caused by Takata airbags, including one pregnant woman in Malaysia. All Takata airbag deaths have been in Honda vehicles. The New York Times has reported at least 139 injuries resulting from the airbags.
Largest Recall in History
The Takata recall is the largest product recall of any kind in history. So far, 23 million Takata air bags have been recalled from automotive manufacturers including Honda, Ford, Toyota, BMW, Mazda, General Motors, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Nissan, Subaru and Daimler Trucks.
The danger posed by the airbags is tied to the ammonium nitrate inflators, which can rupture when activated, sending shrapnel-like metal shards into drivers and passengers. All vehicles that use airbags with ammonium nitrate will eventually be recalled, according to NHTSA.
In the meantime, the NHTSA urges consumers to get their recalled cars fixed immediately. Since the beginning of December, about 26 percent of passenger side airbags have been fixed, and 27 percent of driver's side airbags have been repaired.
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