Honda Reveals 5th Takata Fatality
Defective airbags manufactured by auto supplier Takata Corporation have led to the recall of more than 14 million vehicles worldwide.
The defective airbags have been alleged to cause hundreds of injuries and at least four fatalities in Honda vehicles.
On Thursday November 13, 2014, Honda announced both an increase in the number of vehicles the auto manufacturer had already recalled and a fifth fatality caused by defective Takata airbags.
Due to what is presumed to be defects in the chemicals used in the makeup of Takata airbags, the airbags can rupture and send metal shrapnel flying into the torsos of the driver or the passenger.
States with particularly high heat or humidity seem to be particularly vulnerable. The fifth fatality announced by Honda occurred in Malaysia where the airbags may have been exposed to excessive humidity during the manufacturing process.
Honda expanded its recall, but all of the vehicles affected were sold outside the United States. The fatal car accident involved a 2004 Honda City model and the female driver was struck and killed by the metal shards when the airbag ruptured.
The identity of the driver has not been released. Auto companies who perpetuate these types of car accident risks on the unsuspecting public need to be held accountable.
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