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From 2010 to 2012, Honda Motor Co. said it made multiple attempts to notify the owner of a 2001 Accord that the car’s air bag was faulty and needed replacing.

Last July, with the car sold to another person and repairs still uncompleted, the vehicle crashed in Pennsylvania and the Takata Corp. air bag shattered, fatally injuring the driver, a minor whose name was not released, according to a U.S. auto-safety agency. The day before the accident, Honda had mailed the new owner yet another recall notice.

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