Another man was killed by an exploding Takata airbag, bringing the total number of deaths linked to the defect to 20.
Honda and the national highway traffic safety administration said this week that one person died on July 10, when a 2004 Honda civic crashed in baton rouge, Louisiana. Officials from the automakers and regulators inspected the car Tuesday and confirmed that the airbags had exploded, the Associated Press reported.
This person is not identified. According to a Honda statement, the airbag was apparently saved from a 2002 citizen. Here’s more information from AP:
Under federal law, airbag components or other parts that could be recalled from a damaged car and sold to the site for sale to a repair shop that might not be aware of the danger are perfectly legal. There is no government agency to monitor the transactions.
Unlike most other airbag manufacturers, Takata USES chemical ammonium nitrate to make a small explosion, inflating the bag during a collision. However, when exposed to high temperatures and humid conditions, chemicals deteriorate over time, leading to rapid combustion and separation of metal canisters. The resulting grenade can kill or injure people. In the United States alone, more than 180 people have been affected.
The recall was the largest recall in the history of the auto industry, involving 42 million vehicles and eventually forced Takata to file for bankruptcy. Over the years, the recall of all affected vehicles has been slow.
Honda has been actively trying to reach the owners of more than 10 million cars that have not yet been solved by knocking on doors and relying on Facebook.
Please, if you know that your car is affected by the recall, please repair it.