Honda confirms 17th U.S. death in Takata air bag rupture

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co 7267.T said on Saturday it confirmed a 17th U.S. death linked to a faulty Takata airbag inflator.

The Japanese automaker said after a joint inspection with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it confirmed that a faulty airbag inflator was to blame for the August 20 crash of a 2002 Honda Civic. which resulted in the death of a driver in Mesa, Arizona.

The defect, which in rare cases leads to rupturing of airbag inflators and sending metal fragments, caused the largest automotive recall in U.S. history and is linked to 15 deaths in the United States. United in Honda vehicles and two in Ford Motor Co FN vehicles since 2009. More than 290 injuries are also linked to faulty Takata inflators and at least 26 fatalities worldwide.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Edited by Dan Grebler

Original © Thomson Reuters

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