Are the airbags in cars safe now that the Takata air bag recall has taken place?

Despite a massive recall of vehicles containing defective airbags, a possible sixth death has now been linked to the issue. The defective airbags were made by Japanese company Takata. The airbags can rupture as a result of inflators that over pressurize. This causes hot metal fragments to be propelled into the vehicle’s cabin. Since the discovery of this defect, over 18-million vehicles have been recalled in the United States by Honda and nine other automakers.

Recent Death Linked to Airbags Subject to Recall

Unfortunately, the injuries and deaths associated with this recall do not seem to be coming to an end despite the recall. The following is an overview of a recent death that is being linked to the airbag issue:

  • On January 18th, Carlos Solis was killed after his vehicle struck another vehicle.
  • Mr. Solis was driving a 2002 Honda accord at the time of the crash.
  • The collision took place in a Houston parking lot.
  • When the vehicles collided, the driver’s side airbag in Mr. Solis’s Honda deployed.
  • A piece of metal from the air bag struck Mr. Solis in the neck.
  • He was found at the accident scene with no signs of life and was later declared dead.
  • Mr. Solis’s 11-year-old passenger was not injured.

How could this have happened despite the massive recall that has taken place? Mr. Solis purchased the vehicle used in April of 2014. He had yet to receive a recall notice and was not aware of the issue. While the original owner may have received such a notice, U.S. law does not require that used vehicles that have been recalled for safety issues be fixed before they can be sold. Mr. Solis’s death is raising concerns that automakers are simply not moving fast enough to replace the dangerous and defective airbags.