US motorist killed by Takata airbag contacted ‘more than 100 times’ – report

US motorist killed by Takata airbag contacted 'more than 100 times' - report

A faulty Takata airbag has reportedly caused another death in the US – believed to be the 34th death worldwide – nearly a decade since the largest automotive recall in history began.

The highest traffic safety agency in the US has reported another death caused by a faulty Takata airbag. more than nine years after the deadly devices were first recalled.

In 2013, automakers around the world discovered that certain airbags supplied by the now-defunct Japanese company Takata can degrade over time, causing the airbag to eject metal fragments if deployed in a crash becomes.

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the faulty airbags have resulted in about 34 deaths and 350 serious injuries worldwide – with at least two people known to have been killed in Australia.

An estimated 100 million cars from more than two dozen brands originally equipped with Takata airbags have been recalled and repaired worldwide since 2013, although there are still vehicles on the road whose potentially deadly devices have not been removed.

In a media release, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – the top agency for traffic safety in the United States – reported the 23rd death in the country caused by a faulty Takata airbag.

According to NHTSA, the 2006 Ford Ranger (unrelated to the Australian-supplied Ute) was involved in an accident in Florida in June 2022. When the driver’s airbag deployed, the inflator ruptured, resulting in fatal injuries to the driver.

NHTSA claims that all 144,340 pickups were given a “do not drive” notation in 2018 after two other US drivers died in similar circumstances.

A spokesman for Ford’s US operations told the news agency Reuters The automaker had “sent more than 100 recall notices to the owner’s home, along with multiple text messages, and had a recruiter visit the home to try to schedule the repair for this vehicle.”

In March 2021, the ACCC reported that 4.1 million faulty Takata airbags had been replaced in 3.06 million cars, representing “99.9 per cent” of Australian cars originally fitted with the deadly item.

A spokesman for the ACCC said journey the completion rate is now 100 percent.

This includes cars deemed compliant with their respective recalls despite not having their airbags replaced because they have been “scrapped, stolen or unregistered for more than two years” or their owners could not be reached.

In September of this year, Mercedes-Benz Australia was ordered to pay $12.5 million in penalties after federal court found that the automaker had underestimated the risks posed by Takata airbags.

The lawsuit was initiated by the ACCC in August 2021, with consumer protection regulators accusing Mercedes-Benz of failing to use “attention-grabbing, high-impact language” when communicating with consumers about the mandatory recall of potentially deadly Takata airbags in at least 23 conversations between July 2018 and March 2020.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-proclaimed iRacing addict, Jordan finds himself either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or berating his ZH Fairlane over the weekend.

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