Takata Corp., the auto-parts supplier at the center of a U.S. investigation into exploding air bags, has confirmed a sixth death as well as 105 injuries in documents submitted to the Senate Commerce Committee, Senator Bill Nelson said Monday.
That’s up from five deaths and 64 injuries in previous updates, the Florida Democrat said in a speech in the Senate. Some of the injuries tied to the air bags are serious, including quadriplegia, blindness, a broken sternum and fractures, Nelson said.
“We need to get the cars that haven’t been fixed off the road, and they need to be fixed as soon as possible,” Nelson said in the speech.
Federal highway safety regulators are investigating air-bag inflators that may malfunction, deploying with so much force that the part breaks and hurls metal shrapnel at the car’s occupants.
Ten automakers, including Nissan Motor Co., Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., since 2008 have recalled about 17 million vehicles with Takata air bags.