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Car and Driver: Honda Recalls More CR-V Models, Ninth Takata Airbag Death Confirmed

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Honda recalled 127,000 more cars to replace passenger frontal airbags, as a ninth death related to the exploding Takata airbag recalls has been identified.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that a teenage driver in a 2001 Honda Accord coupe died several days after a crash near Pittsburgh in July. The teen’s death, which came to light after the family’s lawyer notified the agency, is the eighth recorded in the United States. A pregnant woman died from airbag-inflator shrapnel in Malaysia last year. All of the deaths have involved Hondas. More than 100 people have been injured across a variety of car models.

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Honda said it was recalling 127,000 more CR-Vs from 2003–2004 to replace the passenger airbags. A small number of 2016 CR-V models were also recalled for driver airbags last month. Subaru and Mazda are expected to recall more 2005–2008 models, NHTSA said, including the Outback, Legacy, and 6. Honda—Takata’s largest customer, which also owns a 1.2-percent stake in the Japanese supplier—said last month it would stop purchasing Takata airbags altogether. Shortly after Honda’s announcement, Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, and Ford confirmed they would also cut all airbag contracts with Takata, which agreed to pay a $70 million civil penalty and undergo monitoring by U.S. regulators.

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About 19 million cars are affected in the U.S. from 11 automakers. Check our updated full Takata coverage for more information.

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