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Australian Police Link Takata Air Bag To Death

23 July 2017

On July 13, a Honda CRV and a Toyota Celica crashed at an intersection in a suburb of Sydney.

In 2013, Takata Corporation recalled about 3.6 million cars equipped with faulty air bags which were linked to series of deaths and injuries associated with defective Takata air bags inflators.

The 58-year-old male driver of the Honda CRV unfortunately died at the scene.

"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", NSW police said in a statement on Friday.

In a statement, Honda confirmed the vehicle involved in the crash was one of its models subject to the worldwide recall linked to the faulty airbags.

"So if you own one of these makes, please check productsafety.gov.au to see if your model has been affected". Its airbags have now been linked to at least 18 deaths around the world.

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Takata is an automotive parts manufacturer based in Japan.

Prior to last week's incident, there had not been any fatalities involving Takata airbags in Australia.

"This type of crash, in normal circumstances, would not have caused this level of injury", Sergeant Mark Casey said.

NSW Police are working with the ACCC, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development to recall the vehicles outlined on the list. National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) order resulted in the recall of more than 42 million cars, the largest recall in United States history to date.

The recall covers approximately 100 million vehicles worldwide and 2.1 million in Australia.

Australian Police Link Takata Air Bag To Death