Following an accident which involved a 2005 Honda City on Sunday, Honda Malaysia has responded:
“It has been confirmed that the Takata single stage (SDI) driver’s airbag inflator burst in a crash occurred on June 26, 2016, in Malaysia. It has resulted in the death of the driver, and the cause of the driver's death has yet to be confirmed. We offer our deepest thoughts and sympathies to the family of the victim.”
“Honda has verified that the Takata single stage (SDI) driver’s airbag inflator ruptured during the crash involving the 2005 Honda City in an inspection with the Royal Malaysia Police. The vehicle associated with this accident was on the recall list which was announced on May 21, 2015, that has requested for the replacement of the SDI inflator of the Takata driver’s front airbag."
"Three attempts was made to contact the owner of the vehicle during the recall period before the fatal incident happened," said Honda.
“Since 2015, this vehicle has been included in both driver’s and passenger’s Takata airbag inflator recalls. There is three recall notices mailed the owner, and our records indicate that the recall repair has not completed yet.”
It is the third fatal incident recorded that linked to Takata airbags in Malaysia.
According to a report, a small percentage of owners (reportedly at just 30 percent) affected has sent their Honda vehicles for repair. Honda Malaysia is very particular its safety issues in their vehicles sold urged owners to visit Honda Malaysia’s recall notification page to check if their vehicles are affected.
It is also crucial to note that there are other car makers recall their vehicles due similar issues arise from using the Takata airbags. The producers involved are Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Nissan. Owners of these vehicles are urged to check their cars with their respective manufacturers to confirm if their vehicles are in the list.