Honda Confirms Another U.S. Death Tied to Takata Airbag

Japan Economic Newswire

July 11, 2017

Honda Motor Co. on Monday confirmed another U.S. death involving one of its vehicles that was probably linked to a faulty Takata Corp. airbag inflator.

The incident occurred in June last year in Florida when a man was performing repairs on the console of a 2001 Honda Accord with a hammer. The carís ignition was turned on when the airbag ruptured, with the man dying later from injuries sustained.

Honda said it notified the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the case, which is likely to be the 12th U.S. death tied to a defective Takata airbag.

Takata said in late June it has filed for bankruptcy protection, marking the biggest corporate failure of a Japanese manufacturer and capping years of struggle to handle an unprecedented safety recall.

Automakers have recalled tens of millions of cars since 2008 in a global recall of defective airbag inflators made by Takata that can explode and spray shrapnel inside vehicles.

Takataís airbags have been linked to at least 11 deaths in the United States alone and have triggered the countryís biggest ever car recall involving 42 million vehicles across 19 automakers.

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