Lawsuit alleges exploding Takata air bag killed Texas man in crash involving Honda Accord

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The family of a Texas man who might be the latest victim of exploding automobile air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan has filed a lawsuit in connection with his death.

The lawsuit alleges 35-year-old Carlos Solis died on Jan. 18 in a minor crash in a Houston suburb when an air bag in his 2002 Honda Accord inflated and sent a piece of metal into his neck. A final autopsy report has not been completed.

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In addition to Takata, also named in the lawsuit filed Tuesday are Honda Motor Co., its American subsidiary, as well as the Houston-area car dealership that sold Solis the used vehicle in 2014.

A spokesman for Honda declined to comment on the lawsuit. A Takata spokesman did not immediately return an email.