Takata airbag recalls
A 58-year-old man from Sydney, Australia passed away over the weekend after the Honda CRV he was driving collided with another vehicle at an intersection. The impact from the accident caused the airbags to deploy, fatally wounding the driver when he was struck in the neck with metal shrapnel from the faulty airbags. An officer at the scene said: “Investigations have revealed the death of the man is likely due to a fault in the airbag, causing the man to be struck in the neck by a small fragment.”
Airbags were placed into vehicles to help prevent injuries in an accident. They are complicated pieces of equipment and rely on the exact amount of explosive material to quickly release the safety equipment. Airbags were first offered as an option on select vehicles in the 1980s and become required under law in the early 1990s.