Calif. death is 11th in US due to exploding Takata air bags

A 50-year-old woman in California is the 11th person known to have died in the U.S. due to malfunctioning Takata air bag inflators. Delia Robles was killed when the 2001 Honda Civic she was driving crashed on Sept. 30. Seventeen auto and truck makers have recalled 69 million inflators in the U.S. and 100 million worldwide because they can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers. The deaths have occurred since May of 2009:

" May 27, 2009: Ashley Parham, 18, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, 2001 Honda Accord

" Dec. 24, 2009: Gurjit Rathore, 33, of Richmond, Virginia, 2001 Honda Accord

" Sept. 13, 2013: Hai Ming Xu, of Alhambra, California, 2002 Acura TL

" July 27, 2014: Law Suk Leh of Sibu, Malaysia, 2003 Honda City

" Sept. 7, 2014: Jewel Brangman, 26, of California, 2001 Honda Civic

" Sept. 29, 2014: Hien Thi Tran, 51, of Orlando, Florida, 2001 Honda Accord

" Jan. 18, 2015: Carlos Solis, 35, of Spring, Texas, 2002 Honda Accord

" April 15, 2015: Kylan Langlinais, 23, of Lafayette, Louisiana, 2005 Honda Accord

" July 22, 2015: Unidentified 13-year-old boy, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, 2001 Honda Accord

" Dec. 22, 2015: Joel Knight, 52, of Kershaw, South Carolina, 2006 Ford Ranger

" March 31, 2016: Huma Hanif, 17, of Fort Bend County, Texas, 2002 Honda Civic

" April 16, 2016: Unidentified person, Sabah State, Malaysia, 2006 Honda City. Inflator ruptured, no death cause determined.

" May 1, 2016: Unidentified person, Malaysia, 2003 Honda City. Inflator ruptured, no death cause determined.

" June, 2016: Unidentified person in Malaysia. Inflator ruptured, no death cause determined.

" September 24, 2016: Unidentified driver, Johor State, Malaysia, 2009 Honda City. Inflator ruptured, no death cause determined.

" Sept. 30, 2016: Delia Robles, 50, of Corona, California, 2001 Honda Civic

Sources: Associated Press archives, Center for Auto Safety, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Honda Motor Co., legal documents and police reports

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