Sadly, Honda North America and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have confirmed that a Louisiana driver of a 2004 Honda Civic died as the result of a defective Takata airbag inflator. The vehicle was subject to a massive recall. According to NHTSA, approximately 34 million vehicles are currently under recall for approximately 46 million defective Takata air bags that can explode when the air bag deploys, causing serious injury or even death. All vehicle owners should check the NHTSA VIN lookup website to determine if their vehicles are subject to this or any other recall.
Additional Takata Recalls Announced for Light Duty Ford and Mazda Trucks
In other Takata recall developments, Ford and Mazda have issued a second recall for certain older small trucks for driver and passenger airbag inflators in certain 2004 to 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks.
Steven T. Webster, Webster Book LLP