Takata air bag killed Arizona driver in crash, agency reports
DETROIT — An Arizona man killed by an exploding Takata air bag inflator brings the worldwide death toll to at least 24. Armando Ortega, 55, of Yuma, died June 11, 2018, three days after his 2002 Honda Civic was involved in a crash in near Phoenix, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Honda said the Civic driver was hit by shrapnel. He later died at a hospital.
The death, which wasn’t reported to a federal agency until this month, is the 16th in the U.S. caused by air bags, which can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers.
More than 200 people have been hurt by the inflators, which have caused the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history. About 100 million inflators are to be recalled worldwide.