Honda Confirms Another Death From Takata Airbags

Honda Confirms Another Death From Takata Airbags

Another person has died as a result of an exploding Takata airbag, though in this case the auto involved wasn't even in a crash.

The Japanese automaker said the incident occurred in Florida in June 2016 when an individual was working on repairs on a 2001 Honda Accord and the air bag ruptured.

Honda (HMC) said Monday the death of an individual in Florida past year is the 11th fatality connected to defective airbag inflators made by Takata.

The company did not release the name of the man out of respect for his family, but confirmed that he was not the car's owner and he was working on the vehicle at a private residence.

It's the 12th US death attributed to the faulty inflators and 17th worldwide, including five in Malaysia.

Recently bankrupt auto parts maker Takata is once against adding to its roster of potentially unsafe airbags, this time recalling 2.7 million airbag inflators that could explode violently despite containing a chemical meant to lessen the risk of the shrapnel-shooting ruptures.

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The problem touched off the largest automotive recall in US history involving up to 69 million inflators and 42 million vehicles. "That's why government regulators need to step up the pace of figuring out whether all remaining Takata airbag inflators are safe". It's worth noting that The Associated Press cites Honda spokesperson Chris Martin, who said "The rupture most likely contributed to his death".

Takata Corp.'s air bag inflators can explode with too much force, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Laboratory tests show they have as high as a 50 percent chance of blowing apart in a crash.

The NHTSA said 2001-2003 model Honda and Acura vehicles have as high as a 50 per cent chance of a unsafe air bag inflator rupture in a crash. The company added that it had mailed 12 notices about the recall effort over almost seven years to the owners of the vehicle. "Our records indicate that the recall fix was never completed on this vehicle", Honda said in a statement. Owners can go online and subscribe to Honda service manuals and find out proper procedures for many repairs.

The inflators, which were either originally used in the vehicles or used as replacements after a crash, differ from Takata's previous recalls because they contain calcium sulfate, a chemical meant to be a drying agent.

The company's bankruptcy filings cleared the way for a $1.6-billion takeover of most of Takata's assets by rival Key Safety Systems, which is based in Detroit and owned by a Chinese company.

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