First Australian killed by recalled Takata airbag

More than a 100m cars affected worldwide by the recall of Takata-made airbags.

A 58-year-old man has been killed by the defective deployment of a Takata airbag, as the 'safety' product behind the largest recall in automotive history claims its first Australian fatality.

Takata airbags have now been responsible for 18 confirmed fatalities and 180 injuries. 

The 58-year-old man was driving with a female passenger in a Honda CRV on the 13 July 2017, when he crashed with a Toyota Celica at the intersection of Mallee and Church street in Cabramatta NSW.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, with an investigation by the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit concluding the Takata airbag was the cause.

The female passenger with him and the male driving the Toyota Celica were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics, before being taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The airbag in his Honda CRV – confirmed by NSW Police to be part of the worldwide recall of Takata airbags – ruptured when it deployed, shooting a metal fragment into the 58-year-old man's throat.

The fatality follows the defective deployment of a Takata airbag in April, which sent a 21-year-old woman to Royal Darwin Hospital in serious condition.

Police Sergeant Mark Casey said at the time: "This type of crash, in normal circumstances, would not have caused this level of injury."

A hundred million vehicles are part of the worldwide Takata airbag recall – with 2.1 million of them based in Australia – affecting all sorts of cars, from a $15,000 Honda Jazz to a $426,000 Ferrari California.

Australians are encouraged to check if their car is affected by visiting the ACCC Takata airbag recall page and contacting their manufacturer.

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