Man dies when air bag inflator ruptures

Honda Accord

The American division of Honda Motor Company has confirmed another death it says is due to faulty Takata airbag inflators. Hien Thi Tran was killed in 2013 after a vehicle accident.

In other words, the chemical can break down over time, becoming less effective in preventing violent airbag inflator ruptures that have been linked to at least 12 deaths in the U.S. US supplier Key Safety Systems is set to purchase almost all of the company's global assets for $1.59 billion, which is still far short of what the company will ultimately face when all is said and done.

The company that makes them is now adding nearly 3-million cars to its recall.

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.

Takata Corp.'s air bag inflators can explode with too much force, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers. "That's why government regulators need to step up the pace of figuring out whether all remaining Takata airbag inflators are safe".

The latter happened near Miami, Florida, in June of 2016 and, unfortunately, the airbag the person triggered happened to be a recalled Takata unit, which was filled with ammonium nitrate propellent known to explode violently after being exposed to high humidity.


The Honda Accord was among a group of more than 300,000 unrepaired recalled Honda vehicles equipped with inflators with a substantial risk of rupturing.

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.

"Our records indicate that the recall fix was never completed on this vehicle", Honda's statement said.

Takata has filed for bankruptcy in the USA and Japan after the largest recall in US history. Another five deaths were disclosed globally.

Scott Caudill, chief operating officer of TK Holdings, Takata's USA unit, said in a court affidavit last month in its bankruptcy filing that the company "faces insurmountable claims" relating to the recalls and owes billions of dollars to automakers. That fine includes a US$25 million criminal penalty, US$125 million in payments to individuals affected by the faulty air bags and US$850 million for auto manufacturers who used Takata devices, according to a court filing.

"On average, more than 500 recalled Honda and Acura vehicles are receiving estimates and triggering notifications through this system every day", Honda wrote.

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