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Honda US confirms 17th worldwide Takata airbag-related death

Honda US confirms 17th worldwide Takata airbag-related death

The American division of Honda Motor Company has confirmed another death it says is due to faulty Takata airbag inflators.

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. Honda said the auto was parked but the ignition switch was on, with the airbags activated.

Honda (HMC) said Monday the death of an individual in Florida a year ago is the 11th fatality connected to defective airbag inflators made by Takata.

The company that makes them is now adding nearly 3-million cars to its recall.

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.

In its press release, Honda makes it clear that the vehicle in this incident had been recalled multiple times, and that it had been included in the Takata "Alpha" driver's airbag safety campaign. By this year, the safety agency had extended the recall to cover almost 70 million air bags in 42 million vehicles of many makes and models.

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

Prior Takata recalls have involved air bag inflators without a drying agent.

Takata says it will work with vehicle manufactures to determine which models are affected by the new recall.

Eventually, the person activated the air bag inflater, which ruptured as the bag blew up, according to Honda. Laboratory tests show they have as high as a 50 percent chance of blowing apart in a crash.

Honda says its "records indicate that the recall fix was never completed on this vehicle". Owners can go online and subscribe to Honda service manuals and find out proper procedures for many repairs.

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.

Scott Caudill, chief operating officer of TK Holdings, Takata's U.S. unit, said in a court affidavit last month in its bankruptcy filing that the company "faces insurmountable claims" relating to the recalls and owes billions of dollars to automakers. The Takata airbag threat touches almost every major OEM's vehicles, from Ford to Ferrari, and it's really a good bit of customer service to run any VIN through the database to see what recalls are listed.


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