Updated: Honda confirms Takata airbag injury
Honda engineers investigated the incident Monday.
(Updated with statements/information from Honda. New text below in bold.)
Honda engineers have confirmed that the neck injury suffered by a Florida driver in March was caused by a faulty Takata airbag inflator.
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 indicated that the two were linked. Honda engineers inspected the damaged vehicle Monday and verified the hospital's finding.
Update: In a statement released to media, Honda has confirmed that the vehicle involved in the Florida incident is included in the ongoing Takata recall campaign. While it was reported Monday that the owner received a recall notification after the accident occurred, Honda indicates that this was the third such notice sent to the owner's address.
According to the statement, Honda has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of its findings from Monday's investigation.
Honda is one of several manufacturers subject to liability lawsuits over the bad inflators. The suits have been consolidated 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."