Honda Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. Confirmed Rupture of Takata Driverís Airbag Inflator

Honda has confirmed that the Takata single stage (SDI) driver’s airbag inflator ruptured in a crash on January 1, 2018 in Malaysia. The crash resulted in the tragic death of the driver. No official cause of death has been determined. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family of the driver during this difficult time.

Honda has confirmed during an inspection with the Royal Malaysia Police that the Takata single stage (SDI) driver’s airbag inflator ruptured in the crash of a 2004 Honda City on January 1, 2018 in Selangor state. The vehicle involved in this crash was included in a Malaysian Product Recall announced on May 21, 2015, requiring replacement of the SDI inflator of the Takata driver’s front airbag. 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.

The vehicle involved in this crash has also been included in the Takata single stage (SDI) passenger’s front airbag inflator recall issued on the same day, May 21, 2015. Honda has confirmed that the passenger airbag inflator did not rupture while it deployed and functioned in a proper manner in this crash.

Honda is communicating with the authorities and representative of the driver’s family. Out of respect for the family, Honda will not provide any personal information.