Takata air bag is tied to death

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT -

U.S. reg­u­la­tors have con­firmed that an air bag made by Takata Corp. was in­volved in the April death of a woman in Louisiana, con­nect­ing the de­fec­tive air bags to a sev­enth fa­tal­ity.

The Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion said it ex­am­ined the car that Ky­lan Lan­gli­nais drove and looked at other ev­i­dence. Takata said it had no com­ment. Honda, the maker of the car, con­firmed that the air bag in­fla­tor rup­tured dur­ing the crash.

In ad­di­tion to the seven deaths, the prob­lem is linked to more than 100 in­juries. Takata bowed to gov­ern­ment pres­sure in May and de­clared many of the air bags de­fec­tive.

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