U.S. safety regulators are confirming the 11th death linked to defective Takata airbags in the United States. The latest crash involves a 50-year-old California woman behind the wheel of a recalled 2001 Honda Civic.
According to police reports, investigators say she was driving a 2001 Honda Civic that hit a Chevy pickup that was making a turn. The woman died at the hospital from her injuries. The extent of the airbags involvement in those injuries is under investigation.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family of the driver during this difficult time,” Honda said in a statement.
Honda says her Civic had been included in multiple recalls since 2008. The company said it mailed more than 20 recall notices to the car’s registered owners, but its records indicate the vehicle was never repaired. The victim bought the car at the end of 2015.
The woman’s son told news reporters that his mom had been on the way to get her flu shot when the accident happened.
Up to five people also may have been killed by the air bags in Malaysia, bringing the number of deaths globally to as many as 16.
A massive recall remains underway to replace millions of the defective inflators, which can explode and send shrapnel flying. More than 69 million inflators have been recalled in the U.S. and more than 100 million worldwide. For more details and to check your VIN number visit www.safercar.gov.