According to a report from the New York Times, the victim was using a hammer to fix a parked 2001 Honda Accord at his Miami home when the air bag inflator ruptured and exploded. Worldwide, at least 18 have been killed, with another 180 known to have been injured.
The latest expansion of the Takata recall has many safety advocates anxious that the number of vehicles using faulty airbags could expand even further.
The first defective devices were recalled by Honda in 2008. About 70 million airbags have been covered by recalls in the US, a figure that grows to more than 100 million worldwide. Takata didn't identify the vehicle models affected in the notice. The agency says it has no reports of any inflators with the desiccant rupturing.More news: Anderson Cooper Gets Fed Up With Trump Official Dodging His Questions
The latest recall covers 627,000 Nissan Versa passenger cars from the 2007 to 2012 model-years, with over 500,000 of them sold in the U.S.
In a statement released earlier this week, Mazda states that about 6,000 B-Series trucks from model years 2007-2009 sold in the U.S. are affected by the recall. Evaluation in the lab of returned inflators showed "a pattern of propellant density reduction over time that is understood to predict a future risk of inflator rupture". The company has agreed to recall all original equipment inflators without a drying agent in phases by the end of 2018.
Earlier this year, Takata admitted to manipulating and withholding key information about the faulty inflators for years, even after they started exploding in people's cars.More news: Snap Shares Draw Bullish Options Bets After Slipping Below IPO Price
Ford has reportedly said that it's aware of Takata's plan and has been in regular contact with the NHTSA on the issue. "This recall now raises serious questions about the threat posed by all of Takata's ammonium nitrate-based air bags", Nelson said in a statement.
Mounting liabilities from the recalls pushed Takata to file for bankruptcy in June to facilitate a sale of most of its assets to rival supplier Key Safety Systems Inc. Remnants of Takata's operations will continue to make inflators to be used as replacement parts for 19 affected automakers.More news: Ex-astronaut to represent the queen in Canada
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