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Air bag inflator rupture kills man during car repair

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Another death has been recorded following an explosion of Takata air bag inflator. According to Honda, a man was reported dead in June 2016 due to the rupture of an inflator while working in 2001 model Honda Accord. The recent death marks the 17th case worldwide and the 12th death case arising from faulty air bag inflators.

The car’s ignition was turned on, causing the air bag to be set for use in the event of any crash. However, it’s uncertain why the airbag burst. Photos by the police revealed the metal inflator broke and fired out fragments near Miami in Hialeah Fla.
According to Honda spokesman, Chris Martin, the rupture probably had caused the man’s death. The information is footed on the photos released by the police as the firm is yet to inspect the car.

Increasing Takata explosion cases

The increasing number of deaths from air bag explosions has gotten to 17 worldwide with about 12 cases in the U.S and about five in Malaysia. About 180 persons have sustained injuries in the U.S alone from airbag explosion cases. When Takata inflators are exposed to extended airborne moisture and alternating hot and cold temperatures, it can explode, forcing out shrapnel that is capable of killing or leaving people with severe injuries.
The explosion problem got to its height with about 69 million inflators and 42 million vehicles. Takata opted for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. and Japan where Key Safety Systems bought most of its assets.

On Monday, Honda released some details about the incident and claimed it found out more about the case lately. However, the victim’s name was not released, and will not be done without the family’s consent. On the face of it, the victim didn’t own the car. The man gave up at a private home after he sustained severe injuries on June 18, 2016.

Martin said that it wasn’t clear what the man was working on before the explosion, but had dismantled the car’s center console. Honda stated that its indication advocates battery disconnection before working on the airbag. Martin advised Honda owners to go online and get the right steps for various repairs at $10 per day.

Honda pointed out in a statement that the vehicle was way out of the necessary recall repair. The 2001 Honda Accord has one of the deadliest forms of Takata air bag inflator on the driver’s side. Results from tests show that such Takata inflators have up 50% chances of bursting in a crash.

Honda encouraged its users that have received the recall repair notice to go for car repairs quickly, especially those with the car models that have dangerous Takata airbag inflators – 2002 CR-V, Odyssey, 2003 Pilot, 2003 Acura 3.2 CL, 2001 and 20002 Accord and Civic, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL. Honda added that it has in stock, enough replacement supplies for inflators that can be used in recalled vehicles.