Takata Airbag Inflator Takes Another Life

Honda has now confirmed the 11th US death involving one of its vehicles tied to a defective Takata airbag inflator.  Honda said the incident occurred in Florida in June of 2016 involving a 2001 Honda Accord.  At least 17 deaths and 180 injuries around the world are now tied to the defect that prompted the largest automotive safety recall in history and lead to Takata filing bankruptcy.  The Takata airbag inflators can explode in excessive force unleashing lethal metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks.  Last year, United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged owners to stop driving their unsafe vehicles until they were fixed.  If you have one of these vehicles, have your airbag inflators replaced as early as possible.

To see if your vehicle is subject to this recall you will need the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) located on the dashboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle or on the driver’s side door post where the door latches when it is closed.  Then visit NHTSA’s online VIN-lookup tool .  After entering the VIN number into the appropriate field, results will appear if the vehicle has an open recall.  If there are none, you will see “No Open Recalls.”  NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline is 1-888-327-4236.