Dangerous Airbags

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting an industrywide investigation of airbags that may deploy with too much force, causing metal fragments to kill or injure vehicle occupants.

The vehicle safety watchdog called for an urgent response by carmakers, given flawed airbags have been potentially linked to four deaths.

Toyota this month made its fourth global recall involving more than a million vehicles this year, operating with stricter supervision of safety from U.S. regulators. The carmaker is calling back 1.75 million vehicles, including 759,000 Toyota and Lexus sedans to repair fuel pipes that could leak and raise fire risks.

Honda has said it’s examining whether a faulty airbag was to blame for the death last year of a man who crashed his Acura sedan in a California parking lot. The automaker has acknowledged two previous deaths from the airbags, which can deploy with excessive force in some conditions.

Neck wounds

The Florida Highway Patrol said Friday, Oct. 17, it’s investigating the death of a Honda Accord driver that was initially examined as a homicide because of deep cuts to the victim’s neck weren’t consistent with crash injuries.

If your vehicles air bag sent shrapnel into you or your family member call Carabin Shaw at 1.800.862.1260.