According to reports, another death has been linked to exploding airbag inflators manufactured by Takata Corp. However, unlike previous deaths, this latest fatality did not occur during a collision.
The fatal incident occurred as a man was working inside a 2001 Honda Accord. Honda says the man was using a hammer to complete work when an airbag inflator exploded, spraying metal fragments and shrapnel throughout the vehicle’s cabin.
Honda says the car’s ignition was switched on, so the airbag would have been active. What is not clear is what set off the airbag, causing it to deploy and subsequently rupture.
Honda stated that the death occurred in Hialeah, Florida in June 2016, but the company would not release the man’s name.
This marks the 12th U.S. death linked to faulty airbag inflators manufactured by Takata, and the 11th such death to be linked to Honda vehicles.
Roughly 60 million vehicles are scheduled to be recalled in the U.S. by 2019.