Autopsy finds Texas man was killed by exploding air bag

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HOUSTON (AP) — HOUSTON (AP) — An autopsy shows a Texas man was killed last month by a defective air bag made by the Japanese company Takata.

Takata air bags can inflate with too much force, causing them to blow apart a metal inflator canister and send shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences says a metal disk from the air bag of 35-year-old Carlos Solis' 2002 Honda Accord sliced into his neck and killed him after a low-speed car accident last month near Houston. The autopsy says Solis suffered no other serious injuries.

Solis is among six people killed and 64 injured by the inflator mechanisms, which have caused the recalls of 19 million vehicles worldwide and touched off investigations by the U.S. Justice Department and safety regulators.

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