Special Crash Investigations On-Site Air Bag Inflator Rupture Crash Investigation Vehicle: 2001 Honda Civic Location: California Crash Date: September 2016

This three-vehicle crash occurred in a three-leg intersection in California. The Honda was being driven westbound under an overpass by a belted 50-year-old female. The Chevrolet was traveling eastbound. A 2013 Jeep Wrangler was stopped facing southwest at the intersection. At the intersection, the Chevrolet turned left and struck the front plane of the Honda. At impact, the Honda driver’s frontal air bag deployed and the Takata air bag inflator ruptured. The Honda was displaced clockwise and came to rest facing northeast. The Chevrolet was displaced counterclockwise and struck the front plane of the stopped Jeep. The driver of the Honda was injured by the metal fragments from the inflator. She was removed from her vehicle and initially treated by the driver of the Jeep (who was a nursing student) until EMT personnel arrived. The driver of the Honda was then transported to a local hospital where she died due to those injuries. The Honda and Chevrolet were towed from the scene and placed on a police evidentiary hold. The Jeep sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene.


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  • Accession Number: 01706405
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 668, DS16020
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-12-C00271
  • Created Date: May 2 2019 12:04PM