Friday, 24 November, 2017

Honda Confirms 11th US Death From Faulty Takata Airbag

Takata air bag inflator ruptures during car repair, killing man Honda links 11th US death to faulty Takata airbags
Christy Curtis | 12 July, 2017, 00:18

The unnamed person was conducting repairs inside a 2001 Honda Accord on June 18, 2016, in Hialeah when the driver-side airbag deployed. Honda determined that the air bag had ruptured and notified the safety agency, the automaker said.

Honda said the man died the next day from injuries.

Police photos show the metal airbag inflator exploded and shot out fragments of metal. The airbag inflator ruptured after it deployed.

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.

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.

Nissan said the new recall affects just over 515,000 Versa subcompact hatchback and sedans from the 2007 through 2012 model years.

The NHTSA said 2001-2003 model Honda and Acura vehicles have as high as a 50 per cent chance of a risky air bag inflator rupture in a crash.

Takata Corp.'s air bag inflators can explode with too much force, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

According to Honda, Alpha inflators can have as high as a 50-50 chance of exploding and injuring an occupant.

Honda said the vehicle's registered owners had received at least 12 recall notices but never got recommended repairs. 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 problem, though, is that 100 million of the Takata inflators worldwide have been recalled, 69 million in the US alone in the biggest automotive recall in American history.

Honda said Monday that it has sufficient replacement inflators to fix all of its cars subject to the recall.

The inflators have caused the largest automotive recall in USA history with 42 million vehicles and up to 69 million inflators being called back for repairs.

In the US, more than 16 million inflators have been repaired so far, or 38 percent of the total. The company, which has filed for bankruptcy protection in both the USA and Japan, has agreed to recall all original equipment inflators without a drying agent in phases by the end of 2018.

Last week, Takata filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo and Delaware.

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.

Green, who teaches at Harvard, has served as a mediator in many major cases, including the US Microsoft antitrust case, and now serves as a Justice Department monitor overseeing the implementation of billions of dollars in consumer relief linked to settlements with banks stemming from the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

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