Shrapnel punctured the airbag cut the woman's carotid artery

A defective Takata airbag has been blamed for killing a 17-year-old driver from Texas.

The incident occurred on March 31st when the driver accidently ran their 2002 Honda Civic into the rear-end of a Honda CR-V that was waiting to make a left turn.  Unfortunately, when the airbag deployed, shrapnel punctured the bag and cut the woman's neck as well as her carotid artery.  The latter injury proved to be fatal as the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

In an interview with Reuters, Fort Bend County Sheriff Deputy Danny Beckwith said the driver's car only received moderate damage and "Everybody should have walked away from this."

The incident is even more tragic as it could have potentially been avoided. Honda says the owner received multiple recall notices but unfortunately never followed up and had her airbag replaced.

The latest death brings the number of Takata-related fatalities to ten in the United States.  Nearly all of them have happened in Honda vehicles but one person was killed in a Ford.

In response to the news, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called for "all auto manufacturers involved in the Takata airbag recall to intensify and expand their outreach to affected vehicle owners."

Source: Reuters