Safety regulators link exploding Takata air bag to woman's death in Louisiana; toll reaches 7

Associated Press

U.S. regulators are confirming that an air bag made by Takata Corp. was involved in the April death of a woman in Louisiana , connecting the defective air bags to a seventh fatality.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration examined the car belonging to Kylan Langlinais, the police report from the accident, and other evidence. Takata said it had no comment.

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A chemical that inflates the air bags can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal inflator and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Takata bowed to government pressure in May and declared many of the air bags defective, doubling a recall to 33.8 million.

A lawsuit filed by Langlinais' family says a recall notice arrived two days after the crash.