Honda Links Seventh Death to Faulty Takata Air Bags

Jun 15, 2015 05:03 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro

The bad news just keeps on coming for Honda, as a new death linked to faulty air bags was confirmed by the Japanese automaker on Monday.

Honda raised the total death count linked to exploding Takata air bags to seven this week after a woman in Louisiana was killed back in April. The inflator in her 2005 Honda Civic ruptured during the incident, shooting out metal shrapnel at the driver, according to The New York Times.

The driver, Kylan Lanlinais, suffered a penetrating neck injury as a result of the faulty inflator, just days after Honda had sent out her recall notice.

"Honda deeply regrets that mailed notification appears to have not reached Ms. Langlinais prior to her crash," said Chris Martin, a spokesman for the automaker, to The New York Times.

So far, Honda has called back 6.3 million vehicles due to faulty Takata air bags in the U.S. In May Takata agreed to double a massive recall in the U.S. to about 34 million vehicles made by the top automakers around the globe.

Honda named Takahiro Hachigo as its new president this week mainly to help the automaker deal with the Takata crisis, according to Automotive News.

Last week, the company announced plans to set aside $363 million to cover an expansion of the recalls.

Those who are worried about their car are encouraged to check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's VIN Recall Look-up website.

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