A recall has been issued for more than 54,000 Volvo vehicles after a driver was killed by metal fragments ejected from an exploding airbag inflator.
The Washington Post says the inflators in question were manufactured by ZF/TRW and have the capacity to shoot metal fragments. So far, this fatal occurrence is the only documented death by data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall affects airbag inflators equipped in Volvo S60 and S80 vehicles from 2001 and 2003. A full investigation of ZF/TRW is underway.
13,800 of the recalled vehicles are still being used according to NHTSA reports.
The Takata recalls deal with some 125 million vehicles worldwide that are equipped with faulty airbags that can explode on deployment, unleashing metal shrapnel into vehicle cabins. At least 42 million of the affected vehicles were sold in the United States.
So far, 23 deaths and hundreds of injuries have been linked to the faulty airbag inflators, most of which have occurred in the U.S.
The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June, allowing it to sell its non-airbag inflator business to Key Safety Systems, a unit of China’s Ningo Joyson Electric Corp.
As of July, less than half of affected vehicles had been repaired.
In February, Ford issued a “stop driving” warning to 35,000 Ford ranger and Mazda B-Series owners.
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