Honda says the man died in June 2016 when the airbag exploded, but they were only recently informed of the incident. Completing that recall could have saved someone's life, and Honda says it continues to encourage people who own cars affected by the massive Takata airbag recall to schedule fix appointments with their dealers immediately. The automaker said police photos show that the metal inflator ruptured and shot out fragments. It would not release the man's name.
Takata air bag inflators are already linked to 17 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide, and the recalls will eventually cover about 125 million inflators.
The Honda Accord was among a group of more than 300,000 unrepaired recalled Honda vehicles equipped with inflators with a substantial risk of rupturing.
Takata Corp. will recall an additional 2.7 million airbag inflators in the USA after they concluded they could explode in a crash despite using a chemical additive to ensure their safety. The individual, who was not the owner of the vehicle, died the next day from injuries. "That's why government regulators need to step up the pace of figuring out whether all remaining Takata airbag inflators are safe".
A man was killed Florida by an exploding Takata (file image) air bag inflator, but this death wasn't the result of a crash.
Honda urged owners who have received recall notices to get repairs made as soon as possible, especially those with the most unsafe type of inflator. The OEM noted that 12 recall notices were sent since 2009 to the Accord's registered owners.
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.
Last year, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urged owners to stop driving the "unsafe" cars until they were fixed.
On Monday, the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan Southern Michigan announced the appointment of Harvard University Professor Eric D. Green to administer the $1 billion fund that Takata was required to set up to compensate drivers who purchased autos that were built with the faulty parts. "This recall now raises serious questions about the threat posed by all of Takata's ammonium nitrate-based airbags", U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said in a statement.