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Honda Confirms 20th Takata Airbag Death

Officials with Honda Motor Company confirmed another death caused by an exploding Takata airbag inflator. Honda said the person died on July 10 during a crash in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The unidentified person, who was in a 2004 Honda Civic, is the 20th death worldwide caused by Takata’s defective airbag inflators. Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Honda confirmed the death during a recent inspection. According to Honda, the car’s airbag was salvaged from a 2002 Honda Civic. Takata’s defective inflators use ammonium nitrate, a highly volatile chemical, as a propellant to inflate the airbags during a crash. The ammonium nitrate can degrade and become unstable when it is exposed to heat and humidity for long periods of time. As a result, the metal canisters housing the airbags can blow apart. Vehicle occupants have been catastrophically injured or killed by high-speed metal shrapnel. More than 180…
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