TIMELINE-Takata air bag recalls
(Reuters) - Following are some key events leading to the recall of several million cars fitted with potentially defective air bags made by Japanese firm Takata Corp.
* Nov 4 - Honda Motor recalls 4,000 Accords and Civics (2001 models) globally as Takata air bag inflators may produce excessive internal pressure causing them to rupture and spray metal fragments in the car.
* May 27 - Oklahoma teen Ashley Parham dies when the air bag in her 2001 Honda Accord explodes, shooting metal fragments into her neck. Honda and Takata deny fault and settle for an undisclosed sum.
* July 29 - Honda recalls 510,000 Civics, Accords and Acura 3.2 TL cars (2001-02 models) globally for potentially defective Takata air bags.
* Dec 24 - Gurjit Rathore is killed in Virginia when the air bag in a 2001 Honda Accord explodes after a minor accident, severing arteries in her neck, court documents show. Her family sues Honda and Takata for more than $75 million in April 2011, claiming they knew of the air bag problems as early as 2004. Honda and Takata settle in January 2013 for $3 million, according to court documents.