POLICE WARNING | Recalled airbag likely caused death in Cabramatta crash

CABARMATTA: Fatal crash, where cause of death was likely a faulty Takata airbag. Picture: Seven News

CABARMATTA: Fatal crash, where cause of death was likely a faulty Takata airbag. Picture: Seven News

Investigations have revealed a faulty Takata airbag in a Honda CRV was the likely cause of death in this intersection crash at Cabramatta last week. 

About 12.45pm on Thursday, July 13, emergency services were called to the intersection of Mallee and Church streets after reports of a crash involving a Honda CRV and a Toyota Celica at the intersection.

The male driver of the Honda, 58, died at the scene.

His female passenger and the driver and passenger of the Celica, both men, were treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics before being taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A crime scene was established and Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit officers began an investigation.

They found that the death of the Honda CRV driver was likely due to a known fault in the Takata airbag which caused him to be struck in the neck by a small fragment.

Police found the death of the Honda CRV driver was likely due to a known fault in the Takata airbag which caused him to be struck in the neck by a small fragment. It turns out the car involved was subject to a worldwide recall for faulty Takata airbags.

It turns out the car involved was subject to a worldwide recall for faulty Takata airbags.

NSW Police continue to work closely with the ACCC and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in relation to the recall of vehicles carrying the potentially fatal airbags.

The death has been reported to the NSW Coroner’s Court to determine if an inquest is necessary.

Faulty Takata airbags are known to have been installed in some models made by: BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peformax, Subaru and Toyota.

Not all models have faulty airbags. Check the full detailed list here.

If you own or drive one of the vehicles mentioned and have not received or acted on the recall notice do so as soon as possible.

Watch an informative video (1:51) about these particular airbags here.

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