Takata Recalls 2.7M Airbags After Finding Drying Agent Doesn't Prevent Ruptures

Takata Recalls 2.7M Airbags After Finding Drying Agent Doesn't Prevent Ruptures

Takata Recalls 2.7M Airbags After Finding Drying Agent Doesn't Prevent Ruptures

Japanese auto parts company Takata (TKTDF) is recalling an additional 2.7 million airbag inflators in the US, after the company determined they could explode in the event of a crash despite the use of a chemical additive to make sure of their safety.

Honda also is quoted as saying it was "difficult 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 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.

Eventually, the person activated the air bag inflater, which ruptured as the bag blew up, according to Honda.

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

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.

Honda stressed Monday that it has enough replacement inflators to fix every Honda and Acura with a recalled Takata airbag (particularly the Alphas) - for free. The OEM noted that 12 recall notices were sent since 2009 to the Accord's registered owners.

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A man was killed Florida by an exploding Takata (file image) air bag inflator, but this death wasn't the result of a crash. The company said the person was using a hammer while the ignition switch was in the "on" position. Laboratory tests show they have as high as a 50 percent chance of blowing apart in a crash.

Takata airbags and inflators can explode sending plastic and metal into those sitting in the front seat.

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 says its "records indicate that the recall fix was never completed on this vehicle".

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

He disclosed that Takata has recalled, or expects to recall, by 2019 about 125 million vehicles worldwide, including more than 60 million in the US.

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