1st recorded Canadian fatality from airbag inflator rupture under investigation


Entrance Canada says it is investigating the first recorded case in the country of a casualty involving a ruptured driver-side airbag inflator.

Authorities say the driver of a 2009 Hyundai Elantra in Newfoundland and Labrador intricate in a two-vehicle collision was killed on July 8 when the airbag inflator repudiated and fired metal shrapnel into the ssenger com rtment of the car.

«The incident was a low-speed pile-up, which was expected to be survivable,» a Transport Canada spokesman said in an emailed affirmation.

The ruptured inflator was manufactured by ARC Automotive Inc., a com ny based in Knoxville, Tenn., and is not cognate to recent Takata airbag inflator failures, Transport Canada intended in a news release Thursday.

The cause of the ARC inflator rupture has not been determinate, the federal government de rtment said.

«Should a safety defect be institute, owners will be notified,» Transport Canada said.

Two previous events involving ARC inflator ruptures occurred in the United States, both grounding serious injuries.

Transport Canada said ARC is co-operating with investigators, and that Ottawa is n out e formulating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the Opinion States on the issue.

The Associated Press reported that about eight million inflators increased by ARC are under scrutiny, mainly in older vehicles made by GM, Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai and Kia.

U.S. administration investigators started looking at ARC inflators in July 2015, following divulges that an Ohio woman was injured when her 2002 Chrysler Munici lity & Country minivan crashed and the inflator ruptured. Se rately, another individual was reported injured in an inflator rupture involving a 2004 Kia Optima.

NHTSA conjectured the Elantra involved in the crash in Newfoundland and Labrador had an ARC inflator made in China.

The explore of ARC inflators differs from the larger recall of 69 million inflators in the U.S. produced by Takata Corp. Diverse automakers in Canada have announced recalls of vehicles equipped with Takata inflators.

In the Takata encase, explosive ammonium nitrate is used to inflate the airbags. However, above time the chemical can degrade, burn too quickly and blow up metal inflator cannisters.

Ammonium nitrate is also occupied in ARC inflators, but investigators are looking into whether a blocked vent can hand down the gas with no place to go, leading to a pressure buildup and a rupture of the inflator diet.

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