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Published: Wed, July 12, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Man Killed By Takata Airbag While Working On A Honda

Man Killed By Takata Airbag While Working On A Honda

Japanese auto parts company Takata (TKTDF) is recalling an additional 2.7 million airbag inflators in the USA, after the company determined they could explode in the event of a crash despite the use of a chemical additive to make sure of their safety.

In a series of statements to USA publication The Detroit News, the company said the incident occurred in Hialeah, Florida, in June 2016 and involved a male that was using a hammer while the vehicle's ignition was switched on. Kuffo was taken to a trauma center, where he died the next day. The company would not release the man's name. Honda determined that the air bag had ruptured and notified the safety agency, the automaker said.

The victim, who police said was not the car's owner, was working on the interior of the auto with a hammer and had taken apart the car's center console, but it wasn't clear what he was trying to fix. Completing that recall could have saved someone's life, and Honda says it continues to encourage people who own cars affected by the massive Takata airbag recall to schedule fix appointments with their dealers immediately.

The fatality was the 12th in the United States linked to Takata's air bag inflaters, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and underscored the danger still posed by the faulty devices despite a widespread recall of vehicles using them. Martin noted that there is a deceleration sensor that activates the air bags mounted on the wall between the engine and passenger compartment.

"The rupture most likely contributed to his death", according to Mr. Martin. Over 42-million vehicles from more than a dozen automakers have been recalled due to defective Takata airbag inflators.

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

About 46 million Takata air bags in 29 million cars have already been called back, with another 20 million to 25 million additional air bags set to be recalled with the next couple of years.

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

The inflators were made from 2005 through 2012 and installed in vehicles manufactured by Nissan Motor Co.

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

"Our records indicate that the recall fix was never completed on this vehicle", the OEM wrote.

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