Takata air bag blamed for death during fix job

Posted July 12, 2017

The problems with Takata's air bags emerged in 2008, when Honda first recalled 4,000 vehicles - including the 2001 Accord model that killed the person in Florida - that used Takata air bag parts. The individual, who did not own the Accord, died the next day.

All told, 12 people in the US and 17 worldwide have been killed by the defective inflators. It's worth noting that The Associated Press cites Honda spokesperson Chris Martin, who said "The rupture most likely contributed to his death". The company has not been able to inspect the auto and is relying on police photos to make its determination, Honda spokesman Chris Martin said.

Honda said police photos showed the metal inflator ruptured and shot out fragments.

Takata Corp.is expanding its recall to include another 2.7 million air bag inflators in the United States that may be prone to rupturing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Tuesday.

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The Honda Accord was among a group of more than 300,000 unrepaired recalled Honda vehicles equipped with inflators with a substantial risk of rupturing. "That's why government regulators need to step up the pace of figuring out whether all remaining Takata airbag inflators are safe".

Honda Motor Company in the United States of America has confirmed another death related to a faulty Takata airbag, but on this occasion the deceased was performing repairs on the 2001 Accord instead of driving it. The problem touched off the largest automotive recall in USA history, involving 42 million vehicles and 69 million air bag inflators.

The NHTSA said 2001-2003 model Honda and Acura vehicles have as high as a 50 per cent chance of a risky air bag inflator rupture in a crash.

"Our records indicate that the recall fix was never completed on this vehicle", Honda's statement said.

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Last month, Takata filed for bankruptcy protection in the USA and Japan following call backs for over 100 million faulty airbags, with global liabilities expected to reach up to $US10 billion ($A13.2 billion).

Of the deaths linked to Takata's inflators, 16 took place in Honda vehicles since May 2009, including five in Malaysia using a different type of Takata inflator, while one death occurred in a Ford Motor Co vehicle in SC in December 2015.

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.

He disclosed that Takata has recalled, or expects to recall, by 2019 about 125 million vehicles worldwide, including more than 60 million in the US.

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