TORRANCE, California — Honda on Friday said a seventh death has been linked to defective Takata airbags and once again urged owners of Honda and Acura vehicles affected by the recall to get their vehicles repaired at authorized dealers as soon as possible.
"American Honda has confirmed that the Takata driver's airbag inflator ruptured in the crash of a 2005 Honda Civic on April 5, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana," said Honda in a statement provided to Edmunds. "The airbag inflator rupture that occurred during this crash resulted in the death of the driver, Kylan Langlinais."
The fatality happened after a minor crash, just three days after Honda mailed Langlinais a recall notice.
Langlinais sustained a penetrating injury to her neck, according to media reports.
Honda said it has communicated information collected to date about the crash to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
A NHTSA representative was present when Honda inspected the airbag inflator to confirm the rupture.
Honda has recalled 6.3 million vehicles with defective Takata airbags in the U.S. The Takata recall includes nearly 34 million vehicles from 11 automakers in the U.S.
The faulty airbags can explode in a crash, shooting metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants.
Consumers who are concerned about whether their vehicle is affected by the Takata recall should check their Vehicle Identification number or VIN by using NHTSA's VIN search tool.
It is important to check back periodically, as a recall on a vehicle may not show up immediately.
If a vehicle is under recall, the owner will receive a letter from the manufacturer. It will be clearly marked as important safety information and have the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and NHTSA logos.
Owners should then call their local dealer as soon as possible to make an appointment for a free repair.
Edmunds says: A sad reminder of how important it is to get these recalled vehicles fixed as soon as possible.