Another death has been linked to one of Takata’s faulty airbag inflators – the 11th confirmed fatality in a Honda vehicle related to the component.
This particular incident didn’t involve a moving vehicle as the exploding Takata airbag inflated when someone was trying to make repairs with a hammer. According to Detroit News, the death occurred in June 2016, involving a 2001 Honda Accord in Hialeah, Florida. The man, who was not the owner of the car, was performing repairs that involved using a hammer while the vehicle’s ignition switch was in the “on” position. The Japanese automaker said the hammer triggered the activation of the airbag inflator, which ruptured as the bag was being deployed.
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Honda recently learned of the death and said that multiple owners of the car were mailed 12 recall notices over seven years. The company doesn’t have any record that the recall repair was ever completed on the vehicle.
In total, 12 people in the U.S. and 17 worldwide have been killed by the faulty Takata airbag inflators, with over 180 injuries linked to the problem in the U.S.
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