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19th US case killed in Takata airbag explosion

The death toll from an airbag inflator made by Takata of Japan has risen to 19 in the United States and 28 globally.

A Florida driver in a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck was found near Pensacola last month, officials accidentThe car accident was minor but the airbag inflator that caused the death exploded, killing the 23-year-old male driver.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on the 4th that it was investigating the details of the accident.

Whenever a car collides, Takata products explode with the help of ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag. The chemical becomes more volatile when exposed to moisture in the air and repeated high temperatures and passengers or drivers.

Such potential threats have stirred American historyVehicleLargest recall of products, at least 67 million inflators have been recalled so far. Around 100 million units have been recalled worldwide; In addition to the United States, drivers have been killed in Australia and Malaysia.

According toFloridaThe Highway Patrol reported that the latest incident occurred around 6 p.m. on July 7, when a Ford pickup hit the car ahead and the deployed airbag, injuring the driver and killing the driver. A Florida Highway Patrol officer complained to NHTSA that the driver was seriously injured “as a result of the deployment of a driver’s side airbag” and died on the spot.

In January 2016, Ford recalled approximately 391,000 vehicles in the US and Canada from 2004 to 2006 to replace driver-side airbag inflators.

A series of recalls led to Takata’s bankruptcy, criminal charges and its acquisition by Chinese auto parts supplier Belize.


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