June 28, 2016 @ 10:24 AM

​Honda releases statement regarding recent Takata airbag incident

The Takata airbag issue claims another live because victim ignored the recall summons.

The Royal Malaysia Police’s investigation on the accident involving a 2005 Honda City and the owner’s death has concluded. It has been confirmed that the driver’s death was caused by a Takata airbag inflator rupturing. 

Following the confirmation of the results, Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd (HMSD) released the following statement:

Honda has confirmed that the Takata single stage (SDI) driver’s airbag inflator ruptured in a crash on June 26, 2016 in Malaysia. The crash resulted in the tragic death of the driver. No official cause of death has been yet determined. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family of the driver during this difficult time. 

Honda has confirmed during an inspection with the Royal Malaysia Police that the Takata single stage (SDI) driver’s airbag inflator ruptured in the crash of a 2005 Honda City on June 26, 2016 in Selangor state. The vehicle involved in this crash was included in a Malaysian Product Update (recall) announced on May 21, 2015, requiring replacement of the SDI inflator of the Takata driver’s front airbag.

Since 2015, this vehicle involved in this crash has been included in both driver’s Takata airbag inflator and passenger’s Takata airbag inflator recalls. Three mailed recall notices related to those recalls were sent to the owner. Our records indicate that the recall repair was never completed.

Honda is communicating with representative of the driver’s family in an effort to resolve their remaining concerns. Out of respect for the family, Honda will not provide any personal information.     

This makes the fourth death in Malaysia caused by a ruptured airbag inflator even though the company has released statement reminding owners not to ignore the call to replace the inflators. And Honda Malaysia was not the only manufacturer who has had owners ignoring the summons to change the inflators. 

Car manufacturers would like to remind all owners who has received the call regarding the Takata airbags to take action as soon as they can before another accident happens.

Jerrica Leong 

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