3 recent fatalities bring Takata air bag death toll to 32

Nov 3, 2022, 10:15 AM | Updated: 12:31 pm
FILE - This Sunday, June 25, 2017, photo shows TK Holdings Inc. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich....

FILE - This Sunday, June 25, 2017, photo shows TK Holdings Inc. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. Stellantis is warning owners of 276,000 older vehicles to stop driving them, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, after Takata driver's air bags apparently exploded, killing three more people. The company, formerly Fiat Chrysler, is telling people to stop driving Dodge Magnum wagons, Dodge Challenger and Charger muscle cars and Chrysler 300 sedans from the 2005 through 2010 model years. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Three more people have been killed in the past seven months by Takata air bag inflators that exploded and hurled shrapnel. Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler, said Wednesday that people should not drive older Dodge and Chrysler cars until the air bags are replaced. The cars were recalled in 2015. The three fatalities bring the worldwide death toll from Takata air bag inflators to at least 32, with 23 in the U.S.

The deaths have occurred since May 2009:

— May 27, 2009: Ashley Parham, 18, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, 2001 Honda Accord

— Dec. 24, 2009: Gurjit Rathore, 33, of Richmond, Virginia, 2001 Honda Accord

— Sept. 13, 2013: Hai Ming Xu, of Alhambra, California, 2002 Acura TL

— July 27, 2014: Law Suk Leh of Sibu, Malaysia, 2003 Honda City

— Sept. 7, 2014: Jewel Brangman, 26, of California, 2001 Honda Civic

— Sept. 29, 2014: Hien Thi Tran, 51, of Orlando, Florida, 2001 Honda Accord

— Jan. 18, 2015: Carlos Solis, 35, of Spring, Texas, 2002 Honda Accord

— April 15, 2015: Kylan Langlinais, 23, of Lafayette, Louisiana, 2005 Honda Accord

— July 22, 2015: Unidentified 13-year-old boy, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, 2001 Honda Accord

— Dec. 22, 2015: Joel Knight, 52, of Kershaw, South Carolina, 2006 Ford Ranger

— March 31, 2016: Huma Hanif, 17, of Fort Bend County, Texas, 2002 Honda Civic

— April 16, 2016: Unidentified person, Sabah State, Malaysia, 2006 Honda City. Inflator ruptured, no death cause determined.

— May 1, 2016: Unidentified person, Malaysia, 2003 Honda City. Inflator ruptured, no death cause determined.

— June, 2016: Unidentified person in Malaysia. Inflator ruptured, no death cause determined.

–June 19, 2016: Ramon Kuffo, 81, Hialeah, Florida. Inflator ruptured while he was repairing interior of car.

— Sept. 24, 2016: Unidentified driver, Johor State, Malaysia, 2009 Honda City. Inflator ruptured, no death cause determined.

— Sept. 30, 2016: Delia Robles, 50, of Corona, California, 2001 Honda Civic.

— July 1, 2017: Steve Mollohan, 56, of West Virginia, 2006 Ford Ranger.

— July 10, 2017: George R. Sharp, 61, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2004 Honda Civic.

— July 13, 2017: Unidentified 58-year-old man in suburban Sydney, 2007 Honda CR-V.

— July 19, 2017: Nichol Lynn Barker, 34, of Holiday, Florida, 2002 Honda Accord.

— Jan. 1, 2018: Unidentified driver in central Selangor state, Malaysia, 2004 Honda City.

— May 27, 2018: Unidentified driver in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2004 Honda City.

— June 11, 2018: Armando V. Ortega, 55, of Yuma, Arizona, 2002 Honda Civic.

— Unknown date: Unidentified driver of a 1998 BMW 3 Series car in unknown location in Australia. BMW said it became aware of the death in September of 2019.

— Aug. 20, 2020: Unidentified driver, Mesa Arizona, 2002 Honda Civic.

— Sept. of 2020: Unidentified BMW driver, Arizona.

— Jan. 9, 2021: Unidentified driver, 2002 Honda Accord, Lancaster County, South Carolina.

— July 7, 2022: Hayden Jones Jr., 23, of Pensacola, Florida, 2006 Ford Ranger.

— April, 2022 through Nov. 3, 2022: Three unidentified drivers of Stellantis cars. Two were killed in separate crashes involving 2010 Dodge Chargers. A third death is suspected to have been caused by a Takata inflator. All three crashes were in warm-weather U.S. states. Stellantis and NHTSA would not give locations or identify victims.

Sources: Associated Press archives, Center for Auto Safety, U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Honda Motor Co., Stellantis N.V., family members, legal documents and police reports.

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3 recent fatalities bring Takata air bag death toll to 32