Man dies when air bag inflator ruptures

BRIEF-American Honda Motor says notified NHTSA of rupture of Takata airbag inflator on June 18, 2016‍​

Japanese auto parts company Takata (TKTDF) is recalling an additional 2.7 million airbag inflators in the US, after the company determined they could explode in the event of a crash despite the use of a chemical additive to make sure of their safety.

The individual working on the vehicle in Florida died a day after sustaining injuries when the air bag deployed.

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

Current and former owners of the specific Accord involved were mailed 12 safety notices over a seven-year period, but the company said "records indicate that the recall fix was never completed on this vehicle".

The automaker says police photos show the inflator exploded and shot out metal fragments.

"For years now, Takata has told the public that their line of air bag inflators with moisture absorbent was safe". The company added that it had mailed 12 notices about the recall effort over almost seven years to the owners of the vehicle.

Eventually, the person activated the air bag inflater, which ruptured as the bag blew up, according to Honda.




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. Honda said the auto was parked but the ignition switch was on, with the airbags activated.

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

"It is hard to determine whether the cause of death in this incident was the inflator rupture, or an interaction of the hammer with the deploying air bag", the company said.

The 2001 Accord has one of the most unsafe types of Takata driver's side air bag inflators.

Honda says its "records indicate that the recall fix was never completed on this vehicle".

The airbags on the following Hondas models have up to a 50% chance of exploding in a crash: 2001 and 2002 Accord and Civic, the 2002 CR-V and Odyssey, the 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL, the 2003 Acura 3.2 CL and the 2003 Pilot. Another five deaths were disclosed globally.

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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