The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has linked yet another death to faulty Takata airbag inflators. The death is the ninth reported worldwide, out of which eight have occurred in the United States.
The teenaged victim remains unidentified but Reuters claims that sources close to matter report that the death involved a 13 year old boy who had apparently taken the keys of a recalled used 2001 Honda Accord coupe from one of his parents without permission. The teen was hospitalized after he crashed the car and a takata airbag ruptured, he died a few days later.
In November, Takata was fined $70 million for safety violations by the NHTSA after eight deaths were linked to the ammonium nitrate powered airbag inflators used by Takata. The NHTSA at that time had also stated that the fines could increase by another $130 million. The NHTSA fine caused Honda to ditch Takata made airbag inflators. All nine deaths related to the Takata airbags have occurred in Honda cars.