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Air bag fragments kill Volvo driver, touching off recall – 24web.news

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DETROIT — Metal fragments from an exploding air bag inflator killed the motorist of an older Volvo, touching off a U.S. recall of up to 54,000 cars, regulators said Saturday.The inflator was made by car parts provider ZF/TRW, however U.S. federal government documents show the devices carry out similarly to fatal inflators made by Takata.The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is examining information with Volvo about other lorries equipped with the inflators and will choose whether to take additional action.TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %VLVLYVOLVO AB22.0568 +0.47 +2.16%YETI RECALLS TRAVEL MUGS OVER BURN HAZARDSZF/TRW, which has its U.S. headquarters in rural Detroit, didnt instantly respond to messages left Saturday asking about whether the same inflators were sold to other automakers.NHTSA said the ZF/TRW inflator rupture that caused the death is the only recognized event worldwide.The recall covers Volvo S60 and S80 cars and trucks from the 2001 through 2003 design years. The surge can blow apart a metal canister and toss shrapnel into the traveler compartment.GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE At least 26 people have been killed worldwide by the inflators, consisting of 17 in the United States.The problem triggered the biggest series of auto remembers in U.S. history, with at least 63 million inflators remembered. About 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide.NHTSA said Saturday that the ZF/TRW inflators did not use ammonium nitrate to inflate the air bags.The Volvo recall covers cars that were offered or registered in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands.Volvo says in files posted by NHTSA that registration information discovered about 13,800 of the remembered cars and trucks are still in usage.

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