The latest victim of the Takata airbag, a mother of two was killed yesterday when her Honda City steering wheel airbag activated during a minor collision with a Mercedes Benz in Uptown Kota Damansara, and the airbag ruptured.
According to The Star, the 44-year old housewife, who was with her two sons and niece died on the scene minutes after a projectile from the airbag pierced her in the chest.
This comes mere days after Honda Malaysia announced the latest round of recalls for Honda vehicles affected by the defective Takata airbags, bringing the number of fatalities reported locally due to a rupture of single stage driver’s airbag inflators (SSDI) to four.
“There was an injury on her chest which was oozing blood.
“The steering wheel airbag had been activated,” said Sungai Buloh Fire and Rescue Department senior officer Rosdi Hainan, whose team responded to the emergency call.
“A projectile may have been discharged when the airbag was deployed and it struck her chest,” he said.
The occupants of the Mercedes-Benz vehicle were both uninjured.
This incident highlights the importance of sending your Honda vehicle to have the front passenger airbag inflator replaced if it’s in the list or if you have received a notification letter from Honda Malaysia.
Ignoring the letter could end up being fatal for the driver, as yesterday’s accident was a minor collision which shouldn’t have caused death, but due to the defective Takata airbag a life was lost.
Honda Malaysia has confirmed that the vehicle involved was indeed part of its recall campaign.
It stated the owner of the vehicle had been sent three notices to have the inflator replaced for both driver and passenger airbags, but it had never been sent in.
“Since 2015, this vehicle involved in this crash has been included in both driver’s Takata airbag inflator and passenger’s Takata airbag inflator recalls.
“Three mailed recall notices related to those recalls were sent to the owner, but our records indicate that the recall repair was never completed,” it said.
In a statement last month, Honda Malaysia had confirmed two similar fatal incidents in April and May in Sabah and Kedah respectively.
“The deaths in both incidents were linked to the steering wheel activation during accidents,” it said.
In November 2014, a 43-year old pregnant housewife and her unborn foetus were killed while travelling in her Honda City in Sibu.
The car she was driving was involved in a collision with another vehicle which activated the airbag causing a projectile to strike her in the neck.
We at wemotor.com would like to implore drivers of Honda vehicles to please check if your vehicle is included in the recall, and if it is, to please get the inflator replaced as soon as possible, for your sake and for the sake of your loved ones.
If you have friends and family who drive Honda vehicles, please remind them as well.
Watch the following video to understand the current airbag inflator recall situation in the US.