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Timeline of Takata Airbag Recall & Associated Deaths

Use the options at the top to filter by fatal accident events, recall events, or both. Hover over a date to view a brief description of the event. Click on the event for more details.

2003
Fatal Accident in Phoenix, AZ November 01, 2003
November 01, 2003

Type: Fatality

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Impreza

Source: Reuters

Description: Charlene Weaver, 24, died in a Takata airbag-related incident while she was a passenger in a 2004 Subaru Impreza, a model not recalled until 2014.

2008
Honda issues first Takata recall. November 04, 2008
November 04, 2008

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce

Description: Honda recalls 3,940 vehicles in the U.S. for possible airbag defects.

2009
Fatal Accident in Midwest City, OK May 27, 2009
May 27, 2009

Type: Fatality

Location: Midwest City, Oklahoma

Vehicle: 2001 Honda Accord

Source: NewsOK

Description: Ashey Parham, 18, died when the Takata airbag from her 2001 Honda Accord exploded during a minor accident. She was driving in a high school parking lot.

Fatal Accident in Richmond, VA December 24, 2009
December 24, 2009

Type: Fatality

Location: Richmond, Virginia

Vehicle: 2001 Honda Accord

Source: New York Times

Description: Gurjit Rahore, 33, struck a mail truck while driving with her three children. The Takata airbag in her 2001 Honda Accord exploded, causing fatal injuries.

Honda recalls 440,000 U.S. vehicles. July 31, 2009
July 31, 2009

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce

Description: Honda adds 440,000 vehicles to recall in U.S.

2010
Honda recalls 379,000 U.S. vehicles. February 09, 2010
February 09, 2010

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce

Description: Honda adds 379,000 vehicles to recall in U.S.

2011
Honda recalls 833,277 U.S. vehicles. April 21, 2011
April 21, 2011

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce

Description: Honda adds 833,277 vehicles to recall in U.S.

Honda recalls 273,419 U.S. vehicles. December 01, 2011
December 01, 2011

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce

Description: Honda adds 273,419 vehicles to recall in U.S.

2013
Fatal Accident in Alhambra, CA September 13, 2013
September 13, 2013

Type: Fatality

Location: Alhambra, California

Vehicle: 2002 Acura TL

Source: New York Times

Description: Hai Ming Xu, 47, died when he crashed a 2002 Acura TL into a wall while driving in the parking lot of the restaurant where he worked. He died from injuries sustained when the Takata airbag exploded. His injuries resembled gunshot wounds.

Non-Honda automakers join Takata recall. April 11, 2013
April 11, 2013

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce

Description: Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and Mazda recall approximately 1.8 million vehicles.

2014
Fatal Accident in Freemont, CA March 14, 2014
March 14, 2014

Type: Fatality

Location: Freemont, California

Vehicle: 2013 Chevy Cruz

Source: Car Complaints

Description: Susan Cosgrove died when a Takata airbag exploded during a low-speed accident in a 2013 Chevy Cruze.

Fatal Accident in Malaysia July 27, 2014
July 27, 2014

Type: Fatality

Location: Malaysia

Vehicle: 2003 Honda City

Source: Reuters

Description: Law Suk Leh, 43, was in the final week of her pregnancy when she suffered fatal injuries caused by an exploding Takata airbag. Her 2003 Honda City collided with another vehicle. Her child died three days after an emergency delivery.

Fatal Accident in Los Angeles County, CA September 07, 2014
September 07, 2014

Type: Fatality

Location: Los Angeles County, California

Vehicle: 2001 Honda Civic

Source: LA Times

Description: Jewel Brangman, 26, died when she was in an accident while driving a rented 2001 Honda Civic. She suffered a laceration on her neck and a brain injury caused by an exploding Takata airbag.

Fatal Accident in Orlando, FL September 29, 2014
September 29, 2014

Type: Fatality

Location: Orlando, Florida

Vehicle: 2001 Honda Accord

Source: Detroit Free Press

Description: Hien Thi Tran, 51, died on October 2, three days after her Takata airbag exploded during an accident in a 2001 Honda Accord.

Global recall reaches 10 million vehicles. June 23, 2014
June 23, 2014

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce

Description: Seven automakers - Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, BMW, Chrysler, and Ford - issue regional recalls in areas of high humidity. Total airbags recalled globally reaches 10 million.

NHTSA details 7.8 million U.S. vehicles under recall. October 22, 2014
October 22, 2014

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: NHTSA

Description: NHTSA issues statement detailing 7.8 million vehicles recalled in U.S.

DOT calls for nationwide recall. November 18, 2014
November 18, 2014

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: NHTSA

Description: DOT calls for expanding airbag recall nationwide beyond previous regional recall. Six automakers - Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Mitsubishi, and BMW - issue nationwide recalls over the next month.

2015
Fatal Accident in Spring, TX January 18, 2015
January 18, 2015

Type: Fatality

Location: Spring, Texas

Vehicle: 2002 Honda Accord

Source: Houston Press

Description: Carlos Solis, 35, died when a Takata airbag exploded during an accident in which his 2002 Honda Accord struck another car as he was turning into an apartment complex. Vehicle damage was minor.

Fatal Accident in Lafayette, LA April 15, 2015
April 15, 2015

Type: Fatality

Location: Lafayette, Louisiana

Vehicle: 2005 Honda Accord

Source: New York Times

Description: Kylan Langlinais, 22, died when her 2005 Honda Civic struck a utility pole. The Takata airbag inflator exploded and metal shrapnel from the airbag severed her carotid artery.

Fatal Accident in Mercer County, PA July 22, 2015
July 22, 2015

Type: Fatality

Location: Mercer County, Pennsylvania

Vehicle: 2001 Honda Accord

Source: Chicago Tribune

Description: A 13-year-old boy was driving a relative’s 2001 Honda Accord when the Takata airbag in the vehicle exploded during an accident. A recall notice was sent to the vehicle’s owner the day before the accident.

Fatal Accident in Kershaw, SC December 22, 2015
December 22, 2015

Type: Fatality

Location: Kershaw, South Carolina

Vehicle: 2006 Ford Ranger

Source: Charlotte Observer

Description: Joel Knight, 52, died when the 2006 Ford Ranger he was driving struck a cow. Shrapnel from the exploding airbag pierced his neck and spine.

NHTSA recalls 2.12 million vehicles. January 31, 2015
January 31, 2015

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: NHTSA

Description: NHTSA recalls 2.12 million Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac, and Toyota vehicles for second fix.

Takata fined for failure to comply with investigation. February 20, 2015
February 20, 2015

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: NHTSA

Description: NHTSA fines Takata $14,000 per day for failure to comply with government investigation.

34 million: Takata recall becomes largest in history. May 19, 2015
May 19, 2015

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: NHTSA

Description: NHTSA announces Takata recall expands to 34 million vehicles in U.S., making it the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

NHTSA accelerates Takata recalls based on risk. November 03, 2015
November 03, 2015

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: NHTSA

Description: NHTSA unveils program to accelerate Takata recalls based on risk. DOT levies $200 million civil fine, the largest in history, against Takata.

2016
Fatal Accident in Fort Bend County, TX March 31, 2016
March 31, 2016

Type: Fatality

Location: Fort Bend County, Texas

Vehicle: 2002 Honda Civic

Source: ABC13, KTRK-TV

Description: Huma Hanif, 17, was in a minor accident but shrapnel from the airbag severed arteries in her neck, killing her.

Fatal Accident in Malaysia April 16, 2016
April 16, 2016

Type: Fatality

Location: Malaysia

Vehicle: 2006 Honda City

Source: CBS News

Description: An unidentified individual died in a Takata airbag-related incident in Malaysia involving a 2006 Honda City. Media reports an inflator rupture, but no cause of death is reported.

Fatal Accident in Malaysia May 01, 2016
May 01, 2016

Type: Fatality

Location: Malaysia

Vehicle: 2003 Honda City

Source: CBS News

Description: An unidentified individual died in a Takata airbag-related incident in Malaysia involving a 2003 Honda City. Media reports an inflator rupture, but no cause of death is reported.

Fatal Accident in Malaysia June 01, 2016
June 01, 2016

Type: Fatality

Location: Malaysia

Vehicle: Unknown

Source: CBS News

Description: An unidentified individual died in a Takata airbag-related incident in Malaysia involving an unidentified vehicle. Media reports an inflator rupture, but no cause of death is reported.

Fatal Accident in Hialeah, FL June 18, 2016
June 18, 2016

Type: Fatality

Location: Hialeah, Florida

Vehicle: 2001 Honda Accord

Source: LA Times

Description: Ramon Kuffo, 81, died when an airbag exploded as he was working on the interior of a 2001 Honda Accord.

Fatal Accident in Malaysia September 24, 2016
September 24, 2016

Type: Fatality

Location: Malaysia

Vehicle: 2009 Honda City

Source: CBS News

Description: An unidentified individual died in a Takata airbag-related incident in Malaysia involving a 2009 Honda City. Media reports an inflator rupture, but no cause of death is reported.

Fatal Accident in Corona, CA September 30, 2016
September 30, 2016

Type: Fatality

Location: Corona, California

Vehicle: 2001 Honda Civic

Source: Fortune

Description: Delia Robles, 50, died at the hospital after she was in a collision in an intersection while driving her 2001 Honda Civic.

NHTSA adds 5 million vehicles to recall. January 22, 2016
January 22, 2016

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: Autoweek

Description: NHTSA expands recall by 5 million vehicles following fatal accident the previous December. The recall affects vehicles made by nine automakers.

Takata recall expands & accelerates by 35-40 million vehicles. May 04, 2016
May 04, 2016

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: DOT

Description: The DOT announces the recall of an additional 35-40 million vehicles to take place between May 2016 and December 2019. The recall covers all Takata airbags that include an ammonium nitrate propellant without a drying agent.

Tests show 50% chance of rupture in some Takata airbags. June 30, 2016
June 30, 2016

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: DOT

Description: NHTSA tests reveal a 50/50 chance of airbag rupture for certain Honda and Acura models. The NHTSA tells consumers not to drive these models unless taking the vehicle to a dealership for a repair.

DOT accelerates replacement part availability. December 09, 2016
December 09, 2016

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: DOT

Description: DOT issues an ammended order requiring Takata and automakers to accelerate the availability of replacement parts.

2017
Fatal Accident in Martinsburg, WV July 01, 2017
July 01, 2017

Type: Fatality

Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia

Vehicle: 2006 Ford Ranger

Source: LA Times

Description: Steve Mollohan, 56, was in a relatively minor accident while driving a 2006 Ford Ranger when he was killed by an exploding Takata airbag.

Fatal Accident in Baton Rouge, LA July 10, 2017
July 10, 2017

Type: Fatality

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Vehicle: 2004 Honda Civic (airbag from 2002 Civic)

Source: LA Times

Description: George R. Sharp, 61, died in a hospital after he was involved in an accident in a 2004 Honda Civic during which his Takata airbag exploded. The airbag was from a 2002 Honda Civic.

Fatal Accident in Australia July 13, 2017
July 13, 2017

Type: Fatality

Location: Australia

Vehicle: 2007 Honda CR-V

Source: CBS News

Description: An unidentified 58-year-old man died in a Takata airbag-related incident in Australia involving a 2007 Honda CR-V.

Fatal Accident in Holiday, FL July 19, 2017
July 19, 2017

Type: Fatality

Location: Holiday, Florida

Vehicle: 2002 Honda Accord

Source: Associated Press

Description: Nichol Barker, 34, suffered a gaping wound in her temple, skull fracture, and bleeding in her brain in an accident she reportedly should have survived in a 2002 Honda Accord.

Takata pleads guilty; will pay $1 billion in penalties. February 27, 2017
February 27, 2017

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: NPR

Description: Takata pleads guilty to wire fraud and must pay $1 billion in penalties for hiding safety problems with its airbag inflators.

Four automakers reach class action settlement for Takata airbags. May 18, 2017
May 18, 2017

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: New York Times

Description: Toyota, BMW, Subaru, and Mazda reach a $553 million class action settlement that pays consumers for car rental and expenses associated with getting or waiting for a repair.

Sen. Nelson: Two-Thirds of Recalled Takata Airbags Not Fixed June 01, 2017
June 01, 2017

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: Sen. Bill Nelson

Description: U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida says 30.4 million of the 46.2 million Takata airbags that are subject to the recall have not yet been fixed.

Takata files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. June 25, 2017
June 25, 2017

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: Associated Press

Description: Takata files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. The bankrupcty will not affect the recall.

Takata recalls airbags with drying agent for the first time. July 11, 2017
July 11, 2017

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: Bloomberg

Description: Takata issues recalls of vehicles that contain airbags that include a drying agent. Previously, all airbags subject to the recall did not include a drying agent to absorb moisure. The 3 million vehicles that are part of this recall include a drying agent.

Nissan reaches class action settlement for Takata airbags. August 08, 2017
August 08, 2017

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: USA Today

Description: Nissan settles a class action lawsuit for $98 million. The settlement pays consumers for car rental and expenses associated with getting or waiting for a repair.

Honda reaches class action settement for Takata airbags. September 01, 2017
September 01, 2017

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: Fortune

Description: Honda settles a class action lawsuit for $605 million. The settlement pays consumers for car rental and expenses associated with getting or waiting for a repair.

2018
Fatal Accident in Malaysia January 01, 2018
January 01, 2018

Type: Fatality

Location: Malaysia

Vehicle: 2004 Honda City

Source: Associated Press

Description: An unidentified individual died in a Takata airbag-related incident in Malaysia involving a 2004 Honda City.

Fatal Accident in Malaysia May 27, 2018
May 27, 2018

Type: Fatality

Location: Malaysia

Vehicle: 2004 Honda City

Source: Associated Press

Description: An unidentified individual died in a Takata airbag-related incident in Malaysia involving a 2004 Honda City.

Ford, Mazda say to stop driving certain models. January 11, 2018
January 11, 2018

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: Reuters

Description: Ford and Mazda urge consumers to stop driving certain models until repairs can be completed, following another death involving a defective Takata airbag.

Takata settles consumer protection claims with states. February 22, 2018
February 22, 2018

Type: Recall

Location:

Vehicle:

Source: New York Times

Description: Takata reaches a $650 million settlement with 44 states and Washington D.C. in consumer protection claims.

The timeline above is an overview of the Takata recall. It shares major events over the course of the Takata recall and does not include every recall event. To check if your vehicle is subject to the recall, check with the NHTSA and your vehicle manufacturer.

 

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