Another airbag rupture victim? Woman dies in Honda City crash in Malaysia
Honda Motor Co Ltd said the driver-side airbag inflator ruptured during a fatal crash in Malaysia, possibly the third death this year in the Southeast Asian country linked to airbags from supplier Takata Corp.autos Updated: Jun 27, 2016 19:02 IST
A 44-year-old woman in the driver seat of a Honda City was found with injuries to her chest from an item protruding from the centre of the steering wheel, and the driver’s front airbag was found ruptured following an accident on Saturday, local daily The Star reported on Monday.
The woman later died at the scene of the accident.
Honda said it had confirmed with Malaysian police during an inspection that the Takata single stage driver’s airbag inflator had ruptured in the crash, but said the official cause of death had not been determined.
Takata could not immediately be reached for comment outside regular business hours.
The car involved in the crash, a 2005 model of the Honda City, was involved in a recall issued in May 2015 that required the replacement of airbag inflators in the driver and passenger sides, the company said.
Three mailed recall notices were sent to the owner of the car involved in the fatal crash, Honda said, adding its records indicated that the recall repair was never completed.
Last week Honda recalled 1,47,894 vehicles in Malaysia to replace deadly front passenger airbag inflators -- part of a global programme which will involve more than 50 million recalls.
The latest recall in Malaysia applies to models manufactured from 2003 to 2011, Honda Malaysia said in a statement. It includes the City, Accord, CR-V, Jazz and Civic models.
Previous deaths in Malaysia were reported in April in Sabah state and in Kedah state in May. They involved Honda City cars.
In 2014 a pregnant Malaysian died when a Takata airbag malfunctioned.