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Honda owners to face penalties if flawed airbags aren't replaced

Malaysia's transport minister says owners of more than 71,000 affected Honda cars will be penalised if they fail to replace flawed Takata airbags in a drastic move to curb fatalities. The deaths of seven people in Malaysia have been linked to the defective airbags. The latest victim was a 23-year old student whose 2004 Honda City crashed in Kuala Lumpur on May 27th, the second death this year alone. Transport Minister Anthony Loke said on Saturday that owners of 71,315 Honda cars have still not responded to the recall replacement and will be barred from renewing their road tax if they don't do so. After meeting with the student's next of kin, Loke said Honda sent 28 recall notices to the student's family but it didn't reach them because they didn't update their address.