Honda Confirms 11th US Death From Faulty Takata Airbag

Posted July 12, 2017

Honda said a man died in June 2016 in Hialeah, Fla., when an inflator ruptured while he was working inside a 2001 Honda Accord using a hammer. The company said it did not know what repairs were being attempted, but said the ignition switch was in the "on" position.

Takata 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. In the report, the automaker says police photos show the exploded inflator and metal fragments.

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

Mr. Martin did not explain what caused the airbag to deploy, but noted that the airbags on the vehicle are activated by a deceleration sensor that is mounted between the engine and passenger compartment. It is the first death to involve a person who was not involved in a vehicle accident. Honda says "Twelve mailed recall notices were sent over the course of almost seven years to registered owners of this vehicle prior to the June 2016 incident". It's worth noting that The Associated Press cites Honda spokesperson Chris Martin, who said "The rupture most likely contributed to his death". It would not release the man's name.

It's the 12th USA death from the faulty inflators.

Accounting for this latest fatality, the deaths of 17 people globally - including 12 in the United States - have been linked to the defective inflators, while more than 180 US-based injuries have been related to the issue. Honda was Takata's biggest customer before the problems surfaced. She was injured in her right eye, and a tip of shrapnel embedded in her right sinus, according to CBS.

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A year after the fact, another death has been attributed to the explosion of a defective Takata air bag.

Ashley Parkham fell victim to the ruptured air bag, according to court documents.

Kuffo didn't own the vehicle, according to Honda. Of the approximately 29 million cars affected by the Takata recall, some with the most unsafe types of inflators are said to be Hondas and Acuras from the early 2000s, including the 2001-2002 Accord and Civic.

Records did indicate that the Honda in question hadn't received service for the inflator recall, despite numerous notifications.

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. Another five deaths were disclosed globally.

Last month, Takata filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy listing liabilities of over 10-billion dollars.