Honda confirms 17th death in US in crash of Takata airbag

Honda confirms 17th death in US in crash of Takata airbag

Honda Motor Co. On Saturday, it said it had confirmed the death of a 17th U.S. citizen tied to a Takata airbag inflator.

This Japanese automaker Said U.S. After a joint inspection with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it confirmed that the culprit for the August 20, 2002 Honda Civic crash was an inflated airbag, which killed the driver in Mesa. Arizona.

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The defect, which caused air bag inflators to disintegrate and send pieces of metal to fly, prompted the largest automotive recall in U.S. history and resulted in 15 U.S. deaths in Honda vehicles and two in Ford Motor Co. vehicles since 2009. More than 290 injuries have also been linked to defective Takata inflators and at least 26 deaths worldwide.

Honda said the Civic was called to replace the driver’s front airbag inflator from December 2002, 2011, while the passenger’s front airbag inflator was called in 2014.

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Honda sent more than 15 mail recall notices to registered vehicle owners in the eight years before the accident and made other efforts to contact the owners. The driver killed is not a registered owner and Honda said it is not sure if the driver is aware of the unpaid recall.

Previously fatally confirmed U.S. The incident took place in June, 2018 when a driver died after a 2002 Honda Civic crashed in Bookie, Arizona.

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Takata covers about 100 million inflators in 19 major car manufacturers worldwide, including approximately 63 million inflators in the United States.

The NHTSA says that because of the temperature explosions that can cause fatal fragments to come out, the propellant is breaking down after long fluctuations in temperature fluctuations and prolonged exposure to moisture.

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In August, Honda launched a U.S. Most states agreed to pay 85 85 million to settle the investigation into the use of defective Takata inflators.

(Reporting by David Shepardsson; Editing by Dan Grabler and Daniel Vassis)

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