One other individual has been killed by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, however this dying wasn’t the results of a crash.
Honda stated a person died in June 2016 in Hialeah, Fla., when an inflator ruptured whereas he was working inside a 2001 Honda Accord utilizing a hammer.
Honda stated the automotive’s ignition change was on, so the air bag would have been prepared. However it’s not clear why the air bag deployed, Honda stated. Police pictures present that the metallic inflator ruptured and shot out fragments.
“The rupture almost definitely contributed to his dying,” Honda spokesman Chris Martin stated.
The automaker has not been capable of examine the automotive and is counting on police pictures to make its willpower, Martin stated.
This was the twelfth U.S. dying attributed to the defective inflators and seventeenth worldwide, together with 5 in Malaysia. Takata inflators can explode with an excessive amount of pressure when uncovered to extended airborne moisture and scorching-and-chilly temperature cycles. If that occurs, the inflators can blow aside a metallic canister and shoot out shrapnel, which may kill or injure individuals. Greater than one hundred eighty individuals have been harm this manner within the U.S. alone.
The issue touched off the most important automotive recall in U.S. historical past, involving as much as sixty nine million inflators and forty two million automobiles. Honda was Takata’s largest buyer earlier than the issues surfaced. Final month, Takata filed for chapter safety in each Japan and the U.S., and rival Key Security Techniques purchased most of its belongings.
Honda launched some particulars of the Florida demise Monday and stated it solely lately came upon about it. The corporate wouldn’t launch the person’s identify out of respect for his household, however stated he was not the automotive’s proprietor. The person died the day after he was harm June 18, 2016, at a personal residence, Honda stated.
Martin stated the person had taken aside the automotive’s middle console, though it isn’t precisely clear what he was engaged on. Martin famous that there’s a deceleration sensor that prompts the air luggage mounted on the wall between the engine and passenger compartment.
Honda says its service procedures advocate disconnecting the battery when engaged on the air bag system. House owners can log on and subscribe to Honda service manuals to seek out out correct procedures for a lot of repairs. It prices about $10 a day.
A number of house owners of the automotive have been mailed 12 recall notices over seven years. “Our data point out that the recall restore was by no means accomplished on this car,” Honda stated.
The 2001 Accord has one of the harmful varieties of Takata driver’s-aspect air bag inflators. Laboratory checks present they’ve as excessive as a 50% probability of blowing aside in a crash.
Honda urged house owners who’ve acquired recall notices to get repairs made as quickly as attainable, particularly these with probably the most harmful sort of inflator. These fashions are the 2001 and 2002 Accord and Civic, the 2002 CR-V and Odyssey, the 2002 and 2003 Acura three.2 TL, the 2003 Acura three.2 CL and the 2003 Pilot. Honda says it has adequate provides of alternative inflators obtainable to repair all of its recalled automobiles.
three:20 p.m.: This text was up to date with further particulars.
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