The revelation from Honda Motor Co. about another death related to Takata Corp. airbags as well as the recall of an additional 170,000 vehicles added fuel to the fire for members of Congress demanding hearings and an investigation into the company and the problem.
Honda disclosed this week that a driver in Malaysia died in July after being hit by shrapnel from an airbag supplied by Takata. The maker also widened its recall for the defective airbags taking its total recalls of cars fitted with potentially defective Takata airbag inflators since 2008 to nearly 10 million vehicles globally.
Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and two subcommittees asked the chairmen to set up Congressional hearings and investigations of the safety risks posed by the airbags that have been installed in 7.8 million U.S. vehicles. (more…)