Takata air bag killed Ari­zona driver in crash, agency re­ports

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

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.

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