Number of Deaths from Takata Air Bags Upped to 24
UNITED STATES – According to a news report published online at mlive.com, the number of deaths related to Takata air bags has been upped to 24. A recent fatality from an Arizona vehicle accident has been determined to have been related to explosion of the Takata air bag inside the vehicle.*
A fatality crash that happened in Arizona in 2018 has been added to the list of injuries and fatalities associated with Takata air bags. This brings the total number of deaths to 24 and the total number of injuries to more than 200.
In June 2018, a 55-year-old man was involved in a vehicle crash in a 2002 Honda Civic and died three days later. It has now been determined that the man died from shrapnel exploding into his car from the Takata air bag. The man’s death becomes the 16th to occur in the United States. It was reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in March 2019.
“This is a critical reminder of the serious nature of the Takata air bag recall and serves as an important call to action,” the NHTSA was quoted as saying in a statement.
The man’s Honda was part of the largest vehicle recall in United States history. Affected vehicle owners, particularly those in humid climates, have been urged to immediately take their vehicles in for repairs. The air bags’ inflators can degrade over time and especially in hot, humid temperatures, leading to explosions and risk of injury and death.
So far, the Takata air bag recall has included 19 auto manufacturers and more than 70 million vehicles in the U.S. Deaths have been reported in Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
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