Things keep getting worse in the Takata airbag scandal. Yet another death has been attributed to the faulty airbags.
A 50-year-old woman was killed last month in an auto accident in California. She has been confirmed as the 11th victim of the Takata airbag inflators, which have been recalled.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed the woman’s death on Thursday. Her name was not released.
It is also believed that as many as 5 people in Malaysia have been killed by the airbags, bringing the worldwide total of fatalities to 16.
The NHTSA confirmed that the woman’s death occurred on September 30th in Riverside County, California. Honda confirmed that at the time of the accident, she was driving a 2001 Honda Civic.
Takata airbags explode with too much force, which can send debris spewing into the passenger compartment. This debris has caused injury and death worldwide.
The problem with the airbags has launched the largest recall in U.S. automotive history, involving 69 million inflators in the U.S. alone. Worldwide, more than 100 million inflators have been recalled.
Honda released at statement saying that they had sent more than 20 recall notices to the registered owners. Records indicate that the vehicle was never repaired.
Back in June, the NHTSA urged more than 313,000 owners of older-model Hondas and Acuras to quit driving the vehicles and get them repaired.
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