Another US Death Linked to Takata Air Bag

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April 1, 2019—Honda said on Friday it had confirmed a 16th U.S. death had been tied to a faulty Takata air bag inflator, reported Reuters.

The Japanese automaker said that after a joint inspection Friday with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it had confirmed a faulty air bag inflator was to blame for a June 2018 death of a driver after the crash of a 2002 Honda Civic in Buckeye, Ariz.

The defect is tied to 14 U.S. deaths in Honda vehicles and two in Ford Motor Co. vehicles since 2009, according to the report.

Another seven deaths have been confirmed in Honda vehicles with faulty Takata air bag inflators in Malaysia, while a crash death in Australia in a Honda is still under investigation.

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