A motorist died after faulty airbag inflators in their 2002 Honda Civic ruptured, Honda confirmed. It’s the 17th death in the US caused by a Takata airbag.
The crash occurred in late August in Mesa, Arizona. Airbag inflators on the driver’s and passenger’s side ruptured in the crash, Honda said.
Every car air bag has an inflator, which puffs up the airbag when triggered
The driver’s airbag injured and “subsequently killed” the driver, who Honda didn’t name. The passenger’s airbag exploded inside the dashboard, which caused a small fire, Honda said.
The 2002 Honda Civic had been under recall since December 2011 for replacement of the driver’s airbag inflator,