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
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
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
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.