Takata Recalls 2.7 Million Air Bags, This Time With Drying Agent

Ashley Carr
July 12, 2017

"While the absolute cause of death may never be fully determined, Honda now considers this to be the 11th confirmed fatality in its vehicles related to Takata airbag inflator ruptures in the United States".

Honda also is quoted as saying it was "difficult 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".

It's the 12th USA death from the faulty inflators and 17th worldwide. Kuffo was taken to a trauma center, where he died the next day.

"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 airbag", Honda wrote Monday.

The victim, who police said was not the car's owner, was working on the interior of the vehicle with a hammer and had taken apart the car's center console, but it wasn't clear what he was trying to fix.

Honda (HMC) said Monday the death of an individual in Florida previous year is the 11th fatality connected to defective airbag inflators made by Takata. Completing that recall could have saved someone's life, and Honda says it continues to encourage people who own cars affected by the massive Takata airbag recall to schedule fix appointments with their dealers immediately.

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"The rupture most likely contributed to his death", Martin said.

The 2001 Accord reportedly includes one of the more hazardous versions of Takata driver's side airbag inflators, with laboratory testing showing they have up to a 50 per cent chance of rupturing during an accident. Those models are the 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.

The inflators were made from 2005 through 2012 and installed in vehicles manufactured by Nissan Motor (NSANY), Mazda Motor (MZDAF), and Ford (F), according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice.

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). Owners can go online and subscribe to Honda service manuals and find out proper procedures for many repairs. The OEM noted that 12 recall notices were sent since 2009 to the Accord's registered owners. Chris Martin, a Honda spokesman, said in an email the company learned of the incident through a legal claim in March.

"Our records indicate that the recall fix was never completed on this vehicle", the OEM wrote.

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