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AP, Honda: Takata airbag inflator kills man fixing Accord at home

AP, Honda: Takata airbag inflator kills man fixing Accord at home”

According to a notice [PDF] posted with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall was necessitated after Takata determined that certain driver frontal air bag inflators that use calcium sulfate as a desiccant may rupture due to propellant degradation as a result to exposure to humidity.

Honda says the man died in June 2016 when the airbag exploded, but they were only recently informed of the incident. Ramon V. Kuffo, 88, who did not own the vehicle but had taken apart the center console with the ignition switch on, died of head trauma a day after a neighbor found him bleeding from the face in the passenger seat of the auto parked in his yard near Miami, Fla., reports the Detroit News. It would not release the man's name.

All told, 12 people in the USA and 17 worldwide have been killed by the defective inflators.

The 2001 Accord has one of the most risky types of Takata driver's side air bag inflators. The new 2.7 million air bag inflators being recalled involve a drying agent, but Takata said testing showed ruptures could still take place. The company added that it had mailed 12 notices about the recall effort over almost seven years to the owners of the vehicle. "That's why government regulators need to step up the pace of figuring out whether all remaining Takata airbag inflators are safe".

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

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Honda says its "records indicate that the recall fix was never completed on this vehicle". 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 individual working on the vehicle in Florida died a day after sustaining injuries when the air bag deployed. Owners can go online and subscribe to Honda service manuals and find out proper procedures for many repairs.

Takata expects to recall by 2019 about 125 million vehicles worldwide, including more than 60 million in the United States, Scott Caudill, chief operating officer of TK Holdings, Takata's US unit, said in June.

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.

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



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