Instead, it was someone trying to make repairs with a hammer.
Honda also is quoted as saying it was "difficult to determine whether the cause of death in this incident was the inflator rupture, or an interaction of the hammer with the deploying air bag".
Honda says its service procedures recommend disconnecting the battery when working on the air bag system. It's also not clear why the air bag deployed, but police photos show the metal driver's side inflator ruptured and shot out fragments, Honda said. 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".
"It is hard to determine whether the cause of death in this incident was the inflator rupture, or an interaction of the hammer with the deploying airbag", Honda said. "That's why government regulators need to step up the pace of figuring out whether all remaining Takata airbag inflators are safe".
- Another person has been killed in the U.S.by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, but this death wasn't the result of a crash.
According to a Honda spokesperson, a deceleration sensor that activates the airbags is mounted on the wall between the engine and the passenger compartment.
"If even more are found to be defective, it will take us from the biggest recall ever to something that could become mindboggling". The twist this time, however, is that the incident didn't occur during a crash, but while the vehicle was in a shop being repaired.
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Honda said it was recently made aware of the death.
Recently bankrupt auto parts maker Takata is once against adding to its roster of potentially risky airbags, this time recalling 2.7 million airbag inflators that could explode violently despite containing a chemical meant to lessen the risk of the shrapnel-shooting ruptures.
According to Honda, Alpha inflators can have as high as a 50-50 chance of exploding and injuring an occupant. 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.
Honda is again urging consumers who own a recalled vehicles to contact the company and get a replacement immediately.
It's the 12th US death from the faulty inflators and 17th worldwide. At least 17 deaths and 180 injuries worldwide are now linked to the issue. Ford, which has the most vehicles involved in the latest recall, is reviewing the information and will file a list of models within the five days required by law.
Scott Caudill, chief operating officer of TK Holdings, Takata's USA unit, said in a court affidavit last month in its bankruptcy filing that the company "faces insurmountable claims" relating to the recalls and owes billions of dollars to automakers.