20th Person Killed by Takata Airbag
Honda has confirmed the 20th death related to Takata airbags occurred in July. A driver was killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when their 2004 Honda Civic crashed. The inflator blew apart, killing the driver. The victim’s name was not released.
Defective Airbag was Salvaged from Another Vehicle
According to Honda, the vehicle’s airbag was salvaged from a 2002 Honda Civic. This incident sheds light on the practice of salvaging parts from wrecked cars. Junkyards often sell these parts—which could have been recalled, as in this case—to repair shops. Moreover, no agency monitors these transactions.
Why Do Takata Airbags Explode?
Takata used ammonium nitrate in its airbags, which creates a small explosion to inflate the airbag. The problem is that the chemical deteriorates over time when exposed to heat and humidity. Instead of inflating like it should, the inflator can burn too fast and blow apart a metal canister, shooting shrapnel into the vehicle cabin. The Takata airbag recall is the largest auto recall in U.S. history. Currently 42 million vehicles are affected.
“Takata airbags are extremely dangerous. If your vehicle is included in this recall and you have not yet had it repaired, you should contact a dealership right away to have it taken care of,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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