POLICE REPORT AUSTRALIAN LIKELY KILLED BY AIR BAG
DETROIT» A man who died this month in a traffic crash near Sydney likely is the 18th person killed by a faulty Takata air bag inflator, Australian authorities said Friday.
The 58-year-old man was struck in the neck by a small fragment and died at the scene of the July 13 crash in the Sydney suburb of Cabramatta, according to a statement from New South Wales police. He was driving a 2007 Honda CR-V when it collided with a Toyota Celica at an intersection.
A police investigation found that his death “is likely due to a fault in the air bag.” If that conclusion is confirmed, the man’s death would be the first outside of the U.S. or Malaysia attributed to Takata.