11th U.S. Fatality Due to Takata Air Bags
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about the 11th U.S. fatality tied to the rupture of a Takata air bag inflator. According to the NHTSA, the 50-year-old female victim died after a crash that happened on Friday, September 30, 2016. In cooperation with local authorities, the NHTSA investigators inspected the vehicle, a 2001 Honda Civic, and determined that the Takata air bag inflator ruptured. The crash happened in Riverside County, California.
Defective Takata Air Bags
The air bag inflators in these vehicles have a manufacturing defect, which puts them at risk of rupturing during the deployment of an air bag during a crash. If a rupture occurs, there is essentially an explosion that sends shrapnel into the facial, neck and chest region of the driver or passenger. Reports indicate that the vehicle in question was initially recalled in 2008, but the repair was never completed. This particular make and model is part of a collection of vehicles that the NHTSA has identified as having a “substantially higher risk” for inflators rupturing. Listed below are the vehicles in the “substantially higher risk” category.
Higher-Risk Takata Air Bag Inflators
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura 3.2CL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
Takata Air Bags and High Humidity
The NHTSA is warning consumers that ruptures are more likely to happen in geographic areas that have significant periods of high absolute humidity. Those vehicles most at risk for having Takata air bag inflators rupture and explode are located in areas like Florida, Texas, parts of the Gulf Cost and Southern California.
Defective Auto Parts in San Diego
At this time, nearly 70 million Takata air bag inflators are or will be under recall by 2019. Check your vehicle’s VIN number at Safercar.gov to find out if your car is under recall. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a defective auto part in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.