NHTSA: 8th U.S. Death Linked to Takata Air-Bag Rupture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday that an eighth U.S. death is linked to a faulty Takata air-bag inflator, marking the first reported death since April and ninth death worldwide. The auto safety agency also said it named a former U.S. Justice Department official to oversee the massive recalls of air bags and the Japanese parts firm’s compliance with a settlement.

NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge told reporters on a conference call that the new death took place in July in a recalled 2001 Honda Accord. The unidentified driver was hospitalized after a Takata air bag ruptured and the driver died several days later.

NHTSA also said that several manufacturers will add “a few hundred thousand vehicles” to the massive recall campaigns.