Mother of three killed in accident involving defective Takata airbag in Pasco County

(Courtesy: Larry Pahlck)

HOLIDAY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Pasco County mother of three is the latest victim to die in an accident that involved an exploding Takata airbag, officials say.

(Courtesy: Larry Pahlck)

On July 19, Nichol Barker Pahlck, 34, was involved in a car crash at Moog Road and Pinehurst Drive in Holiday.

She was driving a 2002 Honda Accord. Three passengers, including two of her children, suffered minor injuries during the accident, officials said.

Everyone was wearing seat belts, troopers said.

“Nichol is dearly missed. She was my soulmate. I couldn’t ask for a better mother of my children or wife,” said Pahlck’s husband, Larry Pahlck.

According to the medical examiner’s officer, Nichol Pahlck died of blunt head trauma.

Honda officials confirmed that the airbag inflator ruptured during the accident.

The Highway Patrol is investigating exactly what killed Nichol Pahlck, but said the way the airbag deployed is consistent with other fatal airbag deaths involving Takata airbags.

Honda released a statement in part:

While this crash resulted in the tragic death of the driver, local authorities have not yet announced an official cause of death. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family of the driver during this difficult time.”

Honda officials say they tried to inform the Pahlck family about the recall.

The statement further states:

Since 2011, the vehicle involved in this crash has been included in recalls calling for replacement of the Takata driver’s frontal airbag inflator. Starting in June 2011, a total of 21 mailed recall notices were sent over the course of several years to registered owners of this vehicle, 10 of which were sent to the current registered owner. In addition, Honda attempted numerous times to reach owners of this vehicle by email and phone. Our records indicate that the recall repair was never completed.”

Larry Pahlck says the family did not receive any notifications by mail or email from Honda, but says they’ve moved three times since buying the Honda used.

He said, “We love our kids dearly. If we knew about a recall, we would surely be on top of it and had it fixed immediately.”

Honda officials say, “Honda currently has sufficient supplies of replacement inflators to complete the free repairs for all recalled Honda and Acura models in the United States. Honda has stated that they have enough replacement inflators to take care of all vehicles involved with the recall at no cost to the car owner.”

Here is a list of all vehicles involved in the Takata recall.

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