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Honda confirms two Takata airbag-related incidents in Malaysia

Honda confirms two Takata airbag-related incidents in Malaysia image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Manufacturer Press | posted June 03, 2016 12:24

Driver-side airbag inflators ruptured during crash

It appears that Takata has its first case of recall-related inflators in the ASEAN region after Honda Malaysia confirmed that two cars that were involved in separate crashes were fitted with faulty airbag inflators. Tragically, the occupants in these two incidents led to casualties.

According to the automaker, the vehicles involved a 2006 and 2003 Honda City that had Takata's single stage driver airbag inflators (SDI). Both cars were a part of two separate recalls that Honda Malaysia announced on May 21, 2015 and December 8, 2014 respectively. No official cause of death has been determined yet from the two crashes but the Royal Malaysian Police did say both airbag inflators ruptured.

Below is Honda Malaysia's statement regarding the tragic incident:

Honda has confirmed that the Takata single stage (SDI) driver’s airbag inflators ruptured in two crashes in April and May respectively in Malaysia. Both crashes resulted in the tragic deaths of the drivers. No official cause of death has been yet determined for either case. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families of the drivers during this difficult time.
1) A crash on April 16, 2016, in Sabah state
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 2006 Honda City on April 16, 2016, in Sabah 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.
2) A crash on May 1, 2016, in Kedah state
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 2003 Honda City on May 1, 2016, in Kedah state. The vehicle involved in this crash was included in a Malaysian Product Update (recall) announced on December 8, 2014, requiring replacement of the SDI inflator of the Takata driver’s front airbag.
Honda is communicating with representatives of the drivers’ families in an effort to resolve their remaining concerns. Out of respect for the families, Honda will not provide any personal information.

Last March, Honda Cars Philippines Inc (HCPI) began recalling certain model years of the CR-V, City and Jazz from 2011 to 2014. The safety campaign is part of the global Takata airbag recall. To date, there have been no deaths or injuries related to this issue in the Philippines.

Honda stressed that owners have to check if their cars are part of a recall in order to avoid uncertain fatalities or injuries due to defective components.

As of November 2015, Honda has dropped Takata as their airbag supplier.