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Honda reveals Takata-made airbag ruptured in accident last year

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. revealed on Jan. 17 that an airbag made by Takata Corp. ruptured in an accident with one of its cars in December last year, lightly burning the driver in the second known case of an injury on a public road in Japan caused by a Takata airbag.

    According to Honda, the incident occurred with a 2003-model Fit that crashed on a road in Kanagawa Prefecture. The airbag for the front passenger seat ruptured, sending metal pieces flying and lightly burning the right thigh of the woman who was driving. Nobody was sitting in the passenger seat.

    Honda says this model of Fit was the subject of a recall in 2014. According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, as of the end of November last year, only 64.4 percent of cars in Japan that were subject to recalls for defective Takata airbags had had their parts replaced, leaving some 6.05 million cars that have not had the replacement done.

    Honda's customer help line can be reached about the issue at 0120-112-010.

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