Takata Airbag Recall Claims 11th U.S. Death In California Crash

Fri, Oct 21, 2016 1,289

The largest recall in automotive history has proven deadly once again.

A 50-year-old woman last month died after crashing her car in Riverside County in California, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed Thursday that the death is tied to the ongoing Takata airbag recall. It’s the 11th U.S. fatality linked to ruptured airbag inflators made by the Japanese automotive safety supplier, according to NHTSA.

The car, a 2001 Honda Civic, was first recalled in 2008, and the NHTSA said records show it was not repaired. Ten of the 11 deaths nationally have occurred in Hondas.

Additionally, up to five people might have died in Malaysia in connection to the recall, bringing the worldwide death toll to 16, according to USA TODAY.

Thumbnail photo via Honda