Takata airbag accused for a TX driver'south death

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 4:36 AM

A recalled airbag was accused for the death of a driver in Texas, the latest fatality involving faulty Takata airbags.

Takata airbag accused for a TX driver'south death

A recalled airbag was accused for the death of a driver in Texas, the latest fatality involving faulty Takata airbags.

A driver of a two thousand two Honda Civic in Fort Bend County, Texas, was killed on March thirty-one, Honda said Wednesday in a statement.

Honda said that after an inspection that involved police, federal hwy safety executive and Takata they determined that "the Takata driver'south airbag inflator ruptured... resulting in the tragic death of the driver."

This fatality brings the known death count in the U. S. to ten, according to Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Middle for Auto Safety.

More than twenty million cars from twelve automakers with Takata airbags have been recalled over risks of risky airbag explosions that can release shrapnel into a vehicle.

Honda said that the car model involved in March'south accident had been recalled for airbag modifications, and that its registered owners had been sent multiple recall notices over several years.

Related: Takata airbag recall is worse than we thought

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the driver'south family in light of this tragic death," a Takata spokesperson said in a statement emailed to CNNMoney. "Takata is deeply sorry for all fatalities and injuries that have occurred in any case where a Takata airbag inflator has failed to deploy as intended."

The sheer size of the recall has made it challenging for some drivers to obtain replacement airbags.

"The process is fast and simple to swap an airbag," said Karl Brauer, senior director of insights at Kelley Blue Book. "But there aren't nearly sufficient parts in the supply chain to do this."

Some carmakers have turned to other suppliers to assistance obtain replacement airbags.

Related: World'south airbag crisis is getting worse

"As a driver of a car that's one of these airbags, all you can do is wait for the repair and hope that the bag doesn't fire. And if it does, hope that number shrapnel comes out, and if that happens, hope that it'south not fatal," said Brauer. "It'south a bad situation."

Affected cars in humid areas, which includes Texas, have been given priority in the recall because high humidity can create the bags more unstable, according to Ditlow.

Older cars with Takata airbags are also thought to be at a higher risk of exploding.

Drivers of affected vehicles are being urged to get them into an authorized dealer as soon as possible for repair.

Honda also said Wednesday:

"American Honda continues to urge owners of Honda and Acura vehicles affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls to obtain their vehicles repaired at authorized dealers as soon as possible. Vehicle owners can check their vehicles' recall status at www. recalls. honda. com for Honda owners or www. recalls. acura. comfor Acura owners or by calling their authorized dealer."

CNNMoney'south Chris Isidore contributed to this report

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