March injury linked to Takata airbag

Civic driver suffered neck injury due to shrapnel.

A neck injury suffered by a Florida driver in March has been linked to a faulty Takata airbag module.

The driver of a 2003 Honda Civic had shrapnel removed from his neck in an emergency procedure following an accident in which the airbags deployed. The hospital's report indicates that the two were linked.

"If it is confirmed that this is another rupture, then it would simply reinforce the reasons that we are working so hard to get these air bags remedied as quickly as we can, "National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Communications Director Godron Trowbridge told Reuters. According to the same report, the injured driver in Florida received his recall notice after his accident.

According to the same report, Honda will inspect the damaged vehicle Monday. The victim plans to file a suit pending the outcome of that inspection. Honda is one of several manufacturers subject to liability lawsuits over the bad inflators. The suits are being heard in Florida.

Honda recently investigated a fatal incident in January that the company believed to be linked to a faulty Takata inflator. The company launched a voluntary ad campaign in March to reach Honda and Acura owners who may be driving vehicles that have been recalled and not yet fixed.

"The goals of this campaign are to save lives and prevent injuries," said Honda's US executive VP, John Mendel, when the ad campaign was announced. "Honda hopes that this new consumer information campaign will bolster our existing and continuing efforts to reach our customers and maximize the vehicle repair completion rates associated with recalls to replace Takata airbag inflators."

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