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Honda Confirms Another Takata Air Bag Injury

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On April 13, 2015, Honda Motor Co. issued a press release confirming that an automobile crash that took place on March 20, 2015 in Florida and resulted in the driver suffering injuries was caused by a faulty Takata air bag.

This is one of hundreds of incidents in which Takata air bags have exploded and caused injuries to vehicle occupants. In February 2015, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated all federal lawsuits concerning these defective air bags into one court in the Southern District of Florida.

Takata Air Bag Explodes

According to the Japan Times, the Honda in this case was a 2003 Civic, and had a Takata-made inflator for the driver’s side air bag. When the crash occurred, the air bag exploded instead of deploying properly. A metal fragment struck the driver in the neck, but was later removed during emergency surgery. The driver survived the incident.

Honda has confirmed that the 2003 Civic was one of those vehicles included in an air bag recall because of defective driver’s side air bags. They also stated they had sent recall notices to the driver on three separate occasions, but the car had not been repaired.

The driver’s representative stated that one of the notices was received, but so far has made no other comment.

Recalls Focus on Hot and Humid Areas

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) started fining Takata $14,000 a day back in February because the company, in their view, was not fully cooperating with the administration’s probe into the air bag defect. They also revealed at that time that nearly 90 percent of vehicles recalled because of the air bags had not been repaired.

Takata refused back in November 2014 to expand its air bag recalls, claiming the evidence was not there to support such an expansion. Whereas the NHTSA demanded they repair vehicles across the country, Takata has stuck with its regional approach, claiming that its own tests on the air bags showed a tendency for them to explode only in areas of high humidity and high temperature, such as Florida, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii.

Automakers like Honda and Nissan, however, complied with the NHTSA’s request, and expanded their own recalls, turning to other air bag manufacturers to meet supply requirements. In March 2015, Honda announced the launch of a new advertising campaign to encourage Honda and Acura owners to check for air bag recalls and to take their vehicles in for repairs. The campaign did prioritize those regions deemed to be at the highest risk, which included warm and humid states.

Still Unknown Exactly What’s Causing Air Bag Ruptures

About six deaths and over 100 injuries have been linked to Takata air bag explosions, with about 25 million vehicles recalled worldwide because of the problems since 2008, according to Reuters.

Exactly what is causing the air bags to explode is still not known. Though Takata suspects that age, temperature, and humidity all have something to do with it, critics have noted that the chemical the company started using in 2001—ammonium nitrate—is too volatile to use in air bag inflators, as it is highly sensitive to changes in temperature and moisture and can break down over time. According to the New York Times, two former Takata engineers have come forward to say they had concerns over switching to the compound because of the risks.

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