Honda confirms Takata air bag killed young driver

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Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada speaks at a press conference in Tokyo.

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada speaks at a press conference in Tokyo. (Photo: (Kyodo News via AP, File) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT)

DETROIT (AP) — Honda Motor Co. says a defective air bag made by Takata Corp. was responsible for the death of a driver near Pittsburgh.

It's the ninth death worldwide attributed to Takata air bags, which can inflate with too much force and injure occupants with metal fragments.

A 13-year-old boy was driving a relative's 2001 Honda Accord Coupe on July 22, 2015 when it crashed and the air bag inflated.

The boy's family contacted the government last month. After investigating, Honda and the government found that the boy's injuries were caused by a ruptured air bag inflator.

Honda says the car was initially recalled in 2010. A recall notice was mailed to the current owner the day before the crash.

Takata says it's working with the government and Honda on the case.

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