Faulty airbag at centre of recall to blame for death of Sydney man
A man in his 50s died after a crash in Cabramatta last week. Photo: Seven NewsA faulty airbag likely ledtothe death of a maninvolved in acrash in Sydney’s south-west last week.
Theman, 58, was driving a Honda CRV when it collided with a Toyota Celica last Thursday at the intersection of Mallee and Church Streets inCabramatta.
ANSW Police investigation found he died at the scene after being struck in the neck by a small fragment.
He was travelling with a woman, who was treated at scene for non-life threatening injuries. The driver and passenger of the Toyota, both men,were also treated at the scene with minor injuries.
The Honda CRV model was the subjectof a worldwide recall for faulty driverand passengerairbags earlier this year.
The man’sdeath has now been reported to theNSW Coronerto determine if an inquest is necessary.
Earlier this year Honda were forced to recall more than 25,000 cars in that were fitted with potentially deadly Takata airbags.
An extra 600 were called back for a second time when it was discovered the replacement parts were found to have the same defects.
The last recall especially affected owners of Honda Civics made in 2000, and 2012 versions of the CRV, Jazz, City, Insight, Accord and Legend.
According to industry reports, the Japanese car maker has recalled almost every car sold in over the past 15 years to replace airbags.
About 650,000 new airbags have since been refitted.
The nCompetition and Consumer Commission issued itslatest warning regardingTakatafront cabin airbags in April.
NSWPolice are nowurging owners and drivers of affected cars to act as soon as possible.
Consumeradvocacy group Choiceare now calling for motorists who drive specificToyota, Mazda, BMW, Subaru, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Jeep, Lexus and Ford models to check in withmanufacturers and stay acrossProduct Safety ‘slatest consumer updates.
Last week’s fatalityis the latest airbag related incident impacting n drivers.
In April a woman in Darwin was almost killed afterbeing struck in the headby metal shrapnel that was expelled from a faulty Takata airbag in the Toyota Rav 4she was driving when she wasinvolved in a low-speed collison.
Following thedeath of the Sydney man last week, Takata airbagshave now been attributed to 17deaths worldwide including the near decapitation of anAmerican man who hada piece of metal fly into his neck when the airbag in his 2002 Honda Accord deployed after a minor crash.