A 2002 Honda Accord driver, who recently died after his Takata airbag inflated, was contacted by the automaker more than 300 times to have the vehicle repaired. The latest incident marks four deaths this year related to Takata airbag ruptures and a total of 23 people. The deceased driver, Honda said, has been contacted more than 300 times since the recall began in April 2011, CarScoops reported.
This includes over 40 mailed notifications to registered addresses, over 230 phone calls, and over 40 email notifications. “Our records indicate that recall repairs were never completed,” Honda’s motobike said in a statement. The automaker has confirmed 17 deaths and more than 200 injuries in the US related to Takata driver front airbags due to airbag ruptures.
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Three other automakers have also confirmed six more deaths in the country related to the issue, bringing the total number of deaths to 23.
Honda also indicated in its statement that it now has a sufficient supply of replacement inflatable parts to complete free repairs for all recalled Honda and Acura models in the US. Therefore, urging all owners of affected vehicles to “seek repairs as soon as possible” to avoid any fatal incidents in the future.
The US safety agency NHTSA has a particularly helpful website that helps vehicle owners find out if their vehicle is subject to a recall related to Takata airbags. Commenting on the situation, NHTSA Acting Administrator Ann Carlson said: “Whatever you’re doing, stop now and check if your vehicle is subject to the Takata airbag recall. If that’s the case, make an appointment for a free repair as soon as possible,” CarScoops reported.
Last month, Stellantis urged owners of some 276,000 cars in the US, including Dodge Challengers, Chargers, Magnums and Chrysler 300s, to immediately stop driving them and replace the faulty Takata airbags.
First published date: December 11, 2022, 14:09 pm IST