Faulty Takata Airbag Death Toll Reaches 22
Another death due to faulty Takata airbags has been reported, raising the global death toll to 22. The incident happened on New Year’s Day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The unidentified driver of a 2004 Honda City was pronounced dead after the defective airbag inflator exploded. This was the sixth death in Malaysia related to the faulty airbag inflators. The Takata inflators can explode with too much force, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers.
Nineteen auto and truck makers are recalling up to 69 million inflators in the U.S. and 100 million worldwide.
Honda Malaysia reported that several recall notices had been mailed out, but due to the database being outdated, they were not able to reach the current owner of the Honda City.
Takata related deaths
The deaths have occurred since May 2009:
— May 27, 2009: Ashley Parham, 18, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, 2001 Honda Accord
— December 24, 2009: Gurjit Rathore, 33, of Richmond, Virginia, 2001 Honda Accord
— September 13, 2013: Hai Ming Xu, of Alhambra, California, 2002 Acura TL
— July 27, 2014: Law Suk Leh of Sibu, Malaysia, 2003 Honda City
— Sept. 7, 2014: Jewel Brangman, 26, of California, 2001 Honda Civic
— September 29, 2014: Hien Thi Tran, 51, of Orlando, Florida, 2001 Honda Accord
— January 18, 2015: Carlos Solis, 35, of Spring, Texas, 2002 Honda Accord
— April 15, 2015: Kylan Langlinais, 23, of Lafayette, Louisiana, 2005 Honda Accord
— July 22, 2015: Unidentified 13-year-old boy, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, 2001 Honda Accord
— December 22, 2015: Joel Knight, 52, of Kershaw, South Carolina, 2006 Ford Ranger
— March 31, 2016: Huma Hanif, 17, of Fort Bend County, Texas, 2002 Honda Civic
— April 16, 2016: Unidentified person, Sabah State, Malaysia, 2006 Honda City. Inflator ruptured, no death cause determined.
— May 1, 2016: Unidentified person, Malaysia, 2003 Honda City. Inflator ruptured, no death cause determined.
— June, 2016: Unidentified person in Malaysia. Inflator ruptured, no death cause determined.
—June 19, 2016: Ramon Kuffo, 81, Hialeah, Florida. Inflator ruptured while he was repairing the interior of the car.
— September 24, 2016: Unidentified driver, Johor State, Malaysia, 2009 Honda City. Inflator ruptured, no death cause determined.
— September 30, 2016: Delia Robles, 50, of Corona, California, 2001 Honda Civic.
— July 1, 2017: Steve Mollohan, 56, of West Virginia, 2006 Ford Ranger.
— July 10, 2017: George R. Sharp, 61, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2004 Honda Civic.
— July 13, 2017: Unidentified 58-year-old man in suburban Sydney, 2007 Honda CR-V.
— July 19, 2017: Nichol Lynn Barker, 34, of Holiday, Florida, 2002 Honda Accord.
— January 1, 2018: Unidentified driver in central Selangor state, Malaysia, 2004 Honda City.
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- Written by Adriana Torres