Honda says fatal crash involved Takata air bag inflator rupture

Fri Jan 30, 2015 6:34pm EST
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DETROIT (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co (7267.T: Quote) on Friday said it has confirmed that a Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote) air bag inflator ruptured in a Jan. 18 crash in Texas that killed the driver.

Prior to this incident, Takata air bags had been linked to at least five deaths.

On Thursday, Honda issued a statement about the fatal crash involving a 2002 Honda Accord with a Takata air bag but had not yet confirmed that the inflator had ruptured.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall)

An airbag logo is seen on a steering wheel of Honda Motor Co's all-new hybrid sedan "Grace", which installed the airbag made by Takata Corp, during its unveiling event in Tokyo December 1, 2014.    REUTERS/Toru Hanai