Another death reported in crash involving Takata air bags

In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, child seats manufactured by Takata Corp. are displayed at a Toyota Motor Corp.'s showroom in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Another driver has died in a crash that involved an exploding Takata air bag inflator, but it’s unclear whether the inflator killed the person.

Takata says in U.S. government documents that the driver of a 2007 Honda Civic died last year in India. Documents say the inflator exploded in the crash, spraying metal fragments, but the cause of the death is undetermined.

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If the inflator was the cause, it would be the 11th person killed worldwide by Takata air bags. But Honda spokesman Chris Martin says Indian authorities found that other injuries from a high-speed crash were the most likely cause of death.

The U.S. 2007 Civic’s inflators haven’t been recalled yet in the U.S., but could be part of a larger recall announced last week by the government.

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