Special Crash Investigation: On-Site Alleged Driver’s Air Bag Malfunction Crash Investigation; Vehicle: 2016 Honda Civic; Location: California; Crash Date: February 2017

Data obtained from the vehicle inspection and the event data recorder (EDR) indicated the driver’s frontal air bag deployed. The crash occurred at 0937 hours during February 2017 on an interstate highway in California. The Honda was being driven southbound in the fourth lane from the right by a belted 41-year-old female at an EDR reported speed of 124 km/h (77 mph). The Dodge was being driven southbound in the first lane from the right by a belted 22-year-old male at an unspecified high rate of speed. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Dodge departed the roadway on the right edge and struck a wall. Following the impact the Dodge returned to the roadway, crossed over four lanes and struck the Honda. The Honda subsequently struck a concrete divider bordering the left edge of the roadway then returned to the roadway and overturned. It came to rest in an upright orientation. The Dodge struck the barrier and wall again before coming to rest on the roadway. The Honda was equipped with frontal air bags, seat-mounted side impact air bags for the front row and combination side impact/roll-sensing Inflatable Curtain (IC) air bags for both rows. During the crash, the driver’s frontal air bag, both seat-mounted side air bags and both IC air bags deployed. The driver of the Honda sustained serious injuries to the head, face and vertebra that required hospitalization. The driver of the Dodge was not injured. Both vehicles were towed due to damage and declared to be total losses.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Technical Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 46p

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  • Accession Number: 01751085
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 792, DS17004
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-12-C00271
  • Created Date: Aug 13 2020 10:35AM