As of today, Honda Malaysia has completed more than 224,000 units of Takata driver front airbag inflator which translates to 85% completion ratio. The total number of Takata driver and passenger front airbag inflator replacements completed is at more than 445,000 units or 75% completion ratio. That being said, despite over 3,200,000 letters and 3,660,000 SMSes, 71,700 phone calls, advertisements and outreach campaigns, there are still owners who haven't sent their cars for airbag replacements.
Honda has confirmed during an inspection with the Royal Malaysia Police that the Takata single stage (SDI) driver front airbag inflator ruptured in the crash of a 2004 Honda City on May 27, 2018 in Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. The crash resulted in the tragic death of the driver. No official cause of death has been determined.
The vehicle involved in this crash was included in a Malaysian Product Recall announced on May 21, 2015, requiring replacement of the SDI inflator of the Takata driver front airbag. Several notification letters related to the recall were sent out to the then owners of the vehicle based on the information in their database. Honda records indicate that the recall replacement was never completed and the vehicle was not serviced in Honda authorized dealers.
The vehicle involved in this crash has also been included in the Takata single stage (SPI) passenger front airbag inflator recall issued on the same day, May 21, 2015. Honda is communicating with the authorities and out of respect for the family, Honda will not provide any personal information.