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September 28, 2016

Latest Takata death is Malaysia’s fourth this year

Another death involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator has been announced.

Another death involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator has been announced.

Honda said a driver died in a crash last week in Malaysia, lifting the number of deaths linked to the devices to at least 16 worldwide.

Bloomberg said the 2009 City had been recalled in July 2015 but a repair was never completed, according to Honda's Malaysia unit. Honda confirmed the air bag ruptured with police though an official cause of death hadn't been determined.

The report said the death was the fourth in Malaysia this year involving Takata air bags built with inflators prone to spraying metal and plastic shards at vehicle occupants. The supplier is seeking buyers amid global recalls that could exceed 100m air bags, the biggest safety crisis in the industry's history.

Bloomberg noted Takata has said it's cooperating fully with a criminal investigation by the US Justice Department. The company is negotiating with prosecutors to resolve allegations of criminal wrongdoing, the Wall Street Journal said. The paper said prosecutors haven't discussed a specific charge and any penalty hasn't been determined.

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