Eventually, the person activated the air bag inflater, which ruptured as the bag blew up, according to Honda.
The automaker says police photos show the inflator exploded and shot out metal fragments. The defective air bags can explode with too much force and spray shrapnel into the vehicle. Hien Thi Tran was killed in 2013 after a auto accident. Honda says "Twelve mailed recall notices were sent over the course of almost seven years to registered owners of this vehicle prior to the June 2016 incident".
Honda said it might be impossible to determine what actually triggered the airbag.
The company that makes them is now adding nearly 3-million cars to its recall.
It's the 12th U.S. death from the faulty inflators.
It's the 12th USA death attributed to the faulty inflators and 17th worldwide, including five in Malaysia.
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One was in critical condition, three were in fair condition and the fifth victim was stable, WLWT News 5 reports. Police did not say whether the two men were suspects, and were still investigating a motive for the bloodshed.
She testified a year later, telling a congressional panel that Takata and Honda had failed to protect consumers when they didn't provide sufficient warnings about a product defect.
"For years now, Takata has told the public that their line of air bag inflators with moisture absorbent was safe". Both were driving Honda cars. Of the approximately 29 million cars affected by the Takata recall, some with the most risky types of inflators are said to be Hondas and Acuras from the early 2000s, including the 2001-2002 Accord and Civic. The company added that it had mailed 12 notices about the recall effort over almost seven years to the owners of the vehicle.
The inflators, which were either originally used in the vehicles or used as replacements after a crash, differ from Takata's previous recalls because they contain calcium sulfate, a chemical meant to be a drying agent. Those models are the 2001 and 2002 Accord and Civic, the 2002 CR-V and Odyssey, the 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL, the 2003 Acura 3.2 CL and the 2003 Pilot. Another five deaths were disclosed globally.
Separately, a federal judge in Detroit on Monday said he planned to name law professor Eric D Green to oversee $975 million in compensation funds for Takata air bag victims and automakers.
US-based Key Safety Systems (KSS) will take over Takata's global assets and operations in the coming months for the sum of $US1.6 billion ($A2.1 billion).
The company did not specify which vehicles were affected by the recall.