Man dies when air bag in­fla­tor rup­tures dur­ing car repair

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

DETROIT — An­other per­son has been killed in the U.S. by an ex­plod­ing Takata air bag in­fla­tor, but this death wasn’t the re­sult of a crash. Honda says a man died in June 2016 when an in­fla­tor rup­tured while he was work­ing in­side a 2001 Honda Ac­cord us­ing a ham­mer.

Honda says the car’s ig­ni­tion switch was on, so the air bag would have been ready. But it’s not clear what the man was do­ing or what set off the air bag. Honda says po­lice pho­tos show the metal in­fla­tor rup­tured and shot out frag­ments. Honda says it was re­cently made aware of the death, which hap­pened in Hialeah, Florida. The com­pany would not re­lease the man’s name. It’s the 12th U.S. death from the faulty in­fla­tors and 17th world­wide.

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