All told, 12 people in the USA and 17 worldwide have been killed by the defective inflators. The defective air bags can explode with too much force and spray shrapnel into the vehicle. At least 17 people have died and more than 180 injured due to the problem.
Takata has filed for bankruptcy in the USA and Japan after the largest recall in US history. Honda advises any auto with such technology not be driven anywhere except immediately to a dealership - and it'll even provide a free tow if the customer is afraid to take that risk. Last month, the company filed for bankruptcy protection and agreed to sell its assets to a competitor. He died the following day.
Both airbags had inflated, the AP said. In the recall notice, Takata said it is unaware of any ruptured inflators that use a desiccant in vehicles on the road or in lab testing. The company would not release the man's name. Of the approximately 29 million cars affected by the Takata recall, some with the most unsafe types of inflators are said to be Hondas and Acuras from the early 2000s, including the 2001-2002 Accord and Civic. Completing that recall could have saved someone's life, and Honda says it continues to encourage people who own cars affected by the massive Takata airbag recall to schedule fix appointments with their dealers immediately.
The Associated Press quoted Honda spokesman Chris Martin as having "noted that there is a deceleration sensor that activates the air bags mounted on the wall between the engine and passenger compartment".
"The rupture most likely contributed to his death", Martin said. Laboratory tests show they have as high as a 50 percent chance of blowing apart in a crash.
Takata has recalled, or expects to recall, by 2019 about 125 million vehicles worldwide, including more than 60 million in the US.
The NHTSA said 2001-2003 model Honda and Acura vehicles have as high as a 50 per cent chance of a risky air bag inflator rupture in a crash.
The inflators in 2005 through 2012 model year Ford, Nissan, and Mazda vehicles are a new type that use calcium sulfate as a drying agent and were previously thought to be safe.
Honda says its service procedures recommend disconnecting the battery when working on the air bag system.
Honda urged owners who have received recall notices to get repairs made as soon as possible, especially those with the most unsafe type of inflator. The owner had received 12 recall notices.