Honda expands Takata airbag recall to all 50 states following fatal crash

by Eric Pearson

In July, a pregnant woman driving a 2003 Honda City crashed into another vehicle in Malaysia. The driver’s airbag “deployed abnormally,” according to the head of public relations at Honda Malaysia, the New York Times has reported. The woman and her unborn child were both killed in the auto accident.

With this latest incident, there are now at least five deaths linked to airbags made by Takata and used in Hondas. The most recent death was the first death linked to the airbags outside the United States and has led to the recall of vehicles in Europe and Asia to replace the potentially bad airbag inflators.

In the United States, Honda has now announced it will expand to all 50 states the recall of vehicles equipped with driver’s side air bags made by Japan’s Takata Corp. Under certain conditions, the air bags can expand with too much force, spewing shrapnel at passengers. Until now, the recall had been limited to regions with high humidity such as Florida, Hawaii and along the Gulf Coast

Takata uses ammonium nitrate as a propellant for its airbag inflators. Ammonium nitrate is affected by hot-and-cold cycling over time, plus humidity, that can cause it to become forcefully explosive when ignited in a crash.

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by Eric Pearson

Eric Pearson is a licensed attorney and a partner at HO&P who handles commercial and personal injury lawsuits. Eric has been selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication.