Death toll Due To Air bags Explosion rises to eight
Deaths caused due to exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan has reached eight, US safety regulators and Honda Motor Co. confirmed on Friday.
As per officials, a woman who died in a Los Angeles-area car crash last September is the eighth person who got killed by exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan.
The woman in the lawsuit has been identified as Jewel Brangman, who died from neck and head injuries when the driver's air bag in her rented 2001 Honda Civic inflated with too much force and spewed metal shrapnel.
Both Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that the cause for jewel’s death was air bags explosion.
The 26-year-old is the seventh victim in the US and eighth worldwide, including a woman in Malaysia.
Brangman rented the 2001 Civic in San Diego and was driving in Los Angeles County when the crash occurred, said officials.
Honda said in a statement that the car was recalled in 2009 but not repaired even though the company sent four notices to its owners.
It has been told that Takata uses ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and quickly inflate air bags. But in some cases the chemical can become unstable when exposed to moisture, leading to burn too fast and blowing apart a metal canister designed to contain the explosion.
In May, Takata bowed to US government pressure and has also agreed to double the number of air bag inflators, making it the largest automotive recall in US history.
The issue has even called for congressional hearings and investigations from NHTSA and the Justice Department.