Takata recalls another 2.7M airbags

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The problems with Takata's air bags emerged in 2008, when Honda first recalled 4,000 vehicles - including the 2001 Accord model that killed the person in Florida - that used Takata air bag parts. A medical examiner ruled his death accidental due to head trauma, according to a Hialeah police report.

All told, 12 people in the USA and 17 worldwide have been killed by the defective inflators. It would not release the man's name.

Honda (HMC) said Monday the death of an individual in Florida previous year is the 11th fatality connected to defective airbag inflators made by Takata.

A year after the fact, another death has been attributed to the explosion of a defective Takata air bag. The company added that it had mailed 12 notices about the recall effort over almost seven years to the owners of the vehicle. The airbag had deployed and "the rupture most likely contributed to his death", says a Honda rep.

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"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. The defective air bags can explode with too much force and spray shrapnel into the vehicle.

Honda said the car's ignition switch was on, so the air bag would have been ready. The twist this time, however, is that the incident didn't occur during a crash, but while the vehicle was in a shop being repaired.

Takata's nitrate-based air bags, which don't use the chemical additive, have been under recall since they were linked to multiple fatalities and injuries, leading to the largest auto recall in history.

The NHTSA said 2001-2003 model Honda and Acura vehicles have as high as a 50 per cent chance of a risky air bag inflator rupture in a crash.

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Last month, Takata filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. and Japan following call backs for over 100 million faulty airbags, with global liabilities expected to reach up to $US10 billion ($A13.2 billion). Another five deaths were disclosed globally.

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

Green, who teaches at Harvard, has served as a mediator in many major cases, including the US Microsoft antitrust case, and now serves as a Justice Department monitor overseeing the implementation of billions of dollars in consumer relief linked to settlements with banks stemming from the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

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