Faulty Takata Airbag Possibly Linked to 7th Death

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

A woman’s death is possibly linked to the massive Takata airbag recall.

A Louisiana woman, 22-year-old Kylan Langlinais, died after her driver’s side airbag exploded with too much force, spraying shrapnel into the cabin after the car hit a utility pole at 4:00 AM on April 5. According to a lawsuit that has been filed in U.S. District Court in Lafayette, Louisiana, the airbag system “violently exploded and sent metal shards, shrapnel and/or other foreign material into the passenger compartment.” Langlinais received a recall notice on her 2005 Honda Civic in the mail April 7, two days after the accident and two days before she died. The death is possibly the seventh one linked to the Takata airbag recall, which now affects possibly 34-million vehicles.

SEE ALSO: Many Takata Airbag Replacement Parts Need to be Replaced

Previously there have been six confirmed deaths related to the faulty airbags, with five in the U.S. Honda has confirmed a sixth death in Malaysia related to the faulty Takata airbags.

Last week, it was reported that some of the replacement parts used for the Takata recall will need to be replaced, as the replacements parts were faulty.

[Source: Automotive News]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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