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HONDA MALAYSIA STATEMENT


Honda Malaysia has issued an official statement in reference to two separate car crashes recently, both of which ended with the tragic deaths of the drivers. Although no official causes of death has been given for either of the two cases, Honda Malaysia’s independent inspections for both the April 16th and May 1st accidents, occurring in Sabah and Kedah respectively, revealed that the Takata single stage (SDI) driver’s airbag inflators had ruptured. Both crashes involved the Honda City (2006 and 2003 model s for the earlier and the latter).

A crash on April 16, 2016, in Sabah state
After conducting an inspection with the Royal Malaysia Police Honda Malaysia has confirmed that the Takata single stage (SDI) driver’s airbag inflators had ruptured during the crash of a 2006 Honda City in Sabah on April 16, 2016. The vehicle involved in this crash was included in a Malaysian Product Update (recall) announced on May 21, 2015, which entailed the replacement of the SDI inflator of the Takata driver’s front airbag.

A crash on May 1, 2016, in Kedah state
Honda’s inspection with the Royal Malaysia Police following the May 1st fatal accident involving a 2003 Honda City in Kedah has also confirmed that the 2003 City’s Takata single stage (SDI) driver’s airbag inflators had ruptured during the crash. The vehicle involved in this crash was included in a Malaysian Product Update (recall) announced on December 8, 2014 requiring the replacement of the SDI inflator of the Takata driver’s front airbag.

Honda Malaysia is communicating with representatives of the drivers’ families in an effort to resolve their remaining concerns. Out of respect for the families, Honda will not provide any personal information. All our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families of the drivers during this most difficult time.