Honda’s US unit confirms eighth death related to defective Takata airbags

Honda’s US unit confirms eighth death related to defective Takata airbags

On Friday, the US unit of Honda Motor Co confirmed the eighth death linked to defective airbags manufactured by Japanese supplier Takata.

In confirming the eighth fatality related to Takata airbags, Honda said that it was the rupture of a Takata airbag inflator which caused the death of a Los Angeles woman in September last year. The woman -- 26-year-old Jewel Brangman -- was driving a rented 2001 Honda Civic.

According to a statement released by Honda, Brangman died due to injuries sustained in a crash which resulted in the rupturing of the driver-side airbag inflator of her rented Civic car. The crash took place on September 7, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Honda also said that the Brangman's death was the first fatality linked to defective Takata airbags involving a rental car; and, hence, underscores the apparent loopholes in safety regulations for used or rental cars. Honda said that the owners of the 2001 Civic has not got their car fixed even though the car had been under recall since 2009.

With Honda requesting all owners of recalled vehicles to get airbag inflators repaired "as soon as possible," US vehicle safety regulators said in a statement that the incident involving the rented 2001 Civic illustrates "why we are seeking authority to prohibit sale or rental of any vehicle with an open safety recall."

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