Takata air bag blamed for death during fix job

Takata air bag blamed for death during fix job

Takata air bag blamed for death during fix job

Honda said on Monday that the victim was using a hammer to fix a 2001 Accord parked at a home near Miami in June 2016.

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

A company spokesman said the man had taken apart the car's center console, although it's not exactly clear what he was working on.

Takata Corp. will recall an additional 2.7 million airbag inflators in the US after they concluded they could explode in a crash despite using a chemical additive to ensure their safety. The defective air bags can explode with too much force and spray shrapnel into the vehicle.

Honda said the vehicle's registered owners had received at least 12 recall notices but never got recommended repairs.

Honda released some details of the death on Monday and said it only recently found out about it. Honda said the hammer triggered the activation of the air bag inflator, which ruptured as the bag was being deployed.

Eventually, the person activated the air bag inflater, which ruptured as the bag blew up, according to Honda. Honda advises any auto with such technology not be driven anywhere except immediately to a dealership - and it'll even provide a free tow if the customer is afraid to take that risk.

The Japanese air bag maker filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the US last month, saying that was the only way it could keep on supplying replacements for faulty inflators.

The Honda Accord was among a group of more than 300,000 unrepaired recalled Honda vehicles equipped with inflators with a substantial risk of rupturing.

Honda Motor Company in the US has confirmed another death related to a faulty Takata airbag, but on this occasion the deceased was performing repairs on the 2001 Accord instead of driving it.

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

Honda urged owners who have received recall notices to get repairs made as soon as possible, especially those with the most risky type of inflator.

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

Takata announced in late June that it reached a deal worth 175 billion Japanese yen, or $1.59 billion, to sell its remaining global assets and operations to a Chinese-owned Key Safety Systems that is headquartered in Sterling Heights. Takata didn't identify the vehicle models affected in the notice.

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