Honda Confirms 11th US Death From Faulty Takata Airbag

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Honda Confirms 11th US Death From Faulty Takata Airbag

The Japanese automaker said the 2001 Accord in Hialeah was included in multiple recalls and a safety campaign related to a defective airbag inflator on the driver's side. Both air bags had inflated.

Honda says the man died in June 2016 when the airbag exploded, but they were only recently informed of the incident.

US Air Force lieutenant, Stephanie Erdman, was injured in one eye when a defective airbag deployed in her vehicle during a 2013 crash. Kuffo died June 19, according to Honda. The spokesman noted that there is a deceleration sensor that activates the air bags mounted on the wall between the engine and passenger compartment. This allowed the airbag to deploy when triggered.

"It is hard to determine whether the cause of death in this incident was the inflator rupture, or an interaction of the hammer with the deploying air bag", the company said.

Honda Motor Co (7267.T) said Monday it had confirmed an 11th USA death involving one of its vehicles tied to a faulty Takata air bag inflator.

Kuffo didn't own the vehicle, according to Honda. The company added that it had mailed 12 notices about the recall effort over almost seven years to the owners of the vehicle. Laboratory tests show they have as high as a 50 percent chance of blowing apart in a crash. Honda advises any vehicle with such technology not be driven anywhere except immediately to a dealership - and it'll even provide a free tow if the customer is afraid to take that risk.

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

Honda urged owners who have received recall notices to get repairs made as soon as possible, especially those with the most risky type of inflator.

Honda urged owners who have received recall notices to get repairs made as soon as possible, especially those with the most risky type of inflator.

Current and former owners of the specific Accord involved were mailed 12 safety notices over a seven-year period, but the company said "records indicate that the recall fix was never completed on this vehicle".

Takata Corp. will recall an additional 2.7 million airbag inflators in the US after they concluded they could explode in a crash despite using a chemical additive to ensure their safety. Takata didn't identify the vehicle models affected in the notice.

Honda also said it partnered with CCC so that any Honda or Acura with a Takata recall is flagged as soon as the VIN is entered. But Honda vastly expanded the recall to cover more than 2 million vehicles by 2011.

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