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18th U.S. Takata death reported; first in a BMW - U.S. agency

WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - A U.S. auto safety regulator said Thursday it identified the 18th U.S. death tied to a Takata air bag inflator rupture after the review of a recent BMW crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had concluded a Takata air bag inflator rupture during a September crash in Arizona had led to fatal injuries of the driver. This was the first reported Takata death in a BMW vehicles after 15 U.S. deaths in Honda Motor Co vehicles and two in Ford Motor vehicles since 2009. BMW did not immediately comment. (Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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