Honda Confirms Another Death From Takata Airbags

Honda Motor Co said Monday it had confirmed an 11th U.S. death involving one of its vehicles tied to a faulty Takata Corp air bag inflator.

Honda did not identify the deceased, but said the individual was on June 18, 2016, "attempting to perform unknown repairs inside the vehicle using a hammer while the ignition switch was in the "on" position".

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

According to police, Kuffo was in the back yard of his home near Miami, working on a silver 2001 Honda Accord, when a neighbor heard a loud bang.

Honda said the man died the next day from injuries.

In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, which may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants.

A Florida man's attempt to fix a 2001 Honda Accord containing a recalled Takata airbag led to his death, according to Honda and the Associated Press.

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.

"For years now, Takata has told the public that their line of air bag inflators with moisture absorbent was safe".

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According to a Honda spokesperson, a deceleration sensor that activates the airbags is mounted on the wall between the engine and the passenger compartment.

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

Takata is adding 2.7 million vehicles from Ford, Nissan and Mazda to the long list of those being recalled to replace potentially risky air bag inflators.

Records did indicate that the Honda in question hadn't received service for the inflator recall, despite numerous notifications. Honda determined that the air bag had ruptured and notified the safety agency, the automaker said.

"If even more are found to be defective, it will take us from the biggest recall ever to something that could become mindboggling".

The airbags on the following Hondas models have up to a 50% chance of exploding in a crash: 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.

In fact, the last batch of US repairs is not scheduled to begin until September 2020, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is overseeing the recall.

Multiple owners of the auto were mailed 12 recall notices over seven years. The twist this time, however, is that the incident didn't occur during a crash, but while the vehicle was in a shop being repaired.

  • Sonia Alvarado