A man in Selangor was killed on New Year’s Day while driving a car with a faulty Takata single stage (SD1) airbag, Honda confirmed this week.
According to The Star, the airbag inflator had ruptured in the Jan 1 crash which killed the driver.
While no official cause of death has been determined, Honda said that the vehicle was included in a product recall in May, 2015 due to possible faulty airbags.
Honda also said that the passenger air bag inflator had deployed during the crash and functioned properly.
The Associated Press reported that the 2004 Honda City driven by the driver had a change in ownership, and it is believed the original owner did not send the car for replacement.
“Several notification letters related to the recall were sent out to the then owners of the vehicle based on the information in our database, yet the letters were not sent to the current owner due to the change of ownership.
“Our records indicate that the recall replacement was never completed,” Honda was quoted as saying.
In 2017, Takata agreed to pay a $1 billion penalty for concealing its airbag defects, which has been linked to more than 180 injuries and 22 deaths, including six in Malaysia.
AP said in its report that Honda Malaysia was appealing to car owners affected by the recall to have their airbag inflators replaced.
The company had reportedly only replaced 84 per cent of recalled air bag inflators as of Jan 25, 2018.