Special Crash Investigations: On-Site Air Bag Inflator Rupture Crash Investigation; Vehicle: 2012 Honda Fit; Location: California; Crash Date: December 2016

This report documents the on-site investigation of the front air bag module inflator rupture in a 2012 Honda Fit. It was the consensus of manufacturer experts present during the vehicle inspection that the driver’s air bag module had been replaced with an off-brand module that was not manufactured by Takata that ruptured in the crash. The manufacturer of the module is not known. This three-vehicle crash occurred on a two-lane undivided urban roadway in California in December 2016 at night; the asphalt roadway was straight and wet at the time of the crash. The Honda was traveling northbound and was driven by a belted 21-year-old female. The second vehicle was a 2016 Toyota Prius that was legally parked on the east side of the roadway. The third vehicle was a 2008 KTM 690 Duke motorcycle that was legally parked in front of the Toyota. For unknown reasons, the Honda veered to the right and struck the rear plane of the Toyota with its front plane. During the impact with the Toyota the frontal air bags in the Honda deployed. The Toyota was then pushed forward into the KTM motorcycle. The driver of the Honda drove a short distance to her parent’s home. She was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment and hospitalized for two days. The Honda was towed from the residence. The other vehicles remained at the scene with their respective owners.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Technical Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 26p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01761589
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 813 015, Case Number DS17006
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-12-C00271
  • Created Date: Dec 14 2020 1:18PM