NHTSA estimates that Honda has fixed almost 60 percent of all the recalled airbags within its own and Acura vehicles - but that still leaves millions of inflators needing a fix.
A company spokesman said the man had taken apart the car's center console, although it's not exactly clear what he was working on.
The Japanese automaker said the 2001 Accord in Hialeah was included in multiple recalls and a safety campaign related to a defective airbag inflator on the driver's side.
Recently bankrupt auto parts maker Takata is once against adding to its roster of potentially unsafe airbags, this time recalling 2.7 million airbag inflators that could explode violently despite containing a chemical meant to lessen the risk of the shrapnel-shooting ruptures. Of the approximately 29 million cars affected by the Takata recall, some with the most unsafe types of inflators are said to be Hondas and Acuras from the early 2000s, including the 2001-2002 Accord and Civic. She was injured in her right eye, and a tip of shrapnel embedded in her right sinus, according to CBS.
Tran survived for three days after her accident before dying in the hospital.
Ashley Parkham fell victim to the ruptured air bag, according to court documents.
Gurjit Rathore was also killed in 2009 in Richmond, Virginia on Christmas Eve.
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Kuffo didn't own the auto, according to Honda. The owner had received 12 recall notices.
More than 65 percent of 46.2 million previously recalled Takata airbag inflators in the United States have not been repaired.
Takata expects to recall by 2019 about 125 million vehicles worldwide, including more than 60 million in the United States, Scott Caudill, chief operating officer of TK Holdings, Takata's US unit, said in June.
If you've got a Honda or Acura in your shop, run the VIN through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator's recall locator.
Takata said the defect notice disclosed today only applies to the earliest version of desiccated inflators that use calcium sulfate and that later versions use different formulations.
Green, who teaches at Harvard, has served as a mediator in many major cases, including the US Microsoft antitrust case, and now serves as a Justice Department monitor overseeing the implementation of billions of dollars in consumer relief linked to settlements with banks stemming from the 2007-2009 financial crisis. "This recall now raises serious questions about the threat posed by all of Takata's ammonium nitrate-based airbags", U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said in a statement.