Reuters reports that a Takata airbag inflator installed in a 2002 Honda Accord ruptured and killed a passenger, and it’s possible that this could have been the 19th death related to faulty Takata inflators.
It was also reported that, last week, a man in Australia was killed in an incident involving a likely defective airbag inflator from the same company.
Faulty Takata airbag inflators that have been recalled have led to at least 18 deaths and 180 injuries. The inflators can be deadly due to the fact that, when they explode, bits of metal shrapnel can shoot out towards passengers at high speeds and kill them.
Honda has stated that it has the parts to repair the recalled inflators, and that owners should “seek repair as soon as possible.”
There was an effort made to replace the inflators in the Honda Accord owned by the person killed in the Florida crash. The owner was sent ten notices to get the inflator replaced, but never did so.
Senator Bill Nelson of Florida said that the fact that the owner of the vehicle didn’t replace their inflators and died is “evidence that the recall is failing and not enough is being done.”