Takata airbags, which have been at the center of a worldwide recall, have been named responsible for another death. The death of a Malaysian woman is being blamed on the defective airbags, which can cause debris to fly when they explode.
More than 60 million vehicles worldwide have been recalled, including the 2005 Honda the Malaysian woman was driving at the time of her death. Most of the fatalities have taken place in the United States, but this is the fourth fatality in Malaysia.
A spokesman for Honda Motor said that three notices regarding the recall had been sent to the owner of the car, but it had not been brought in for the necessary maintenance to change out the airbag.
Malaysian authorities are still investigating and have not yet released a cause of death. The woman in the accident suffered chest injuries and the airbag had been deployed in the accident that caused her death.
The 2005 Honda City that the woman was driving was part of a worldwide recall to replace the inflators in both the driver and the passenger side airbags. It had been recalled in 2015.
Malaysian authorities reported that two other automobile fatalities that occurred earlier this year were blamed on the Takata airbags. A previous accident that occurred in 2014 was also to blame.
Malaysian citizens can check Honda’s website to see if their vehicle in involved in the recall. People in the United States can check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s database of recalls on their auto safety website.
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