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The rupture of a recalled airbag made by the Japanese company Takata has been linked to an 11th US death, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The federal agency on Thursday confirmed that a crash fatality in Riverside County, California on September 30 was the latest of nearly a dozen US fatalities connected to the recalled air bags. The woman was driving a 2001 Honda Civic, which the NHTSA said was included in the group of Honda and Acura vehicles the agency had identified as posing "substantially higher risk" -- especially in hot and humid regions.
The dollar was boosted by a fall in the euro after the European Central Bank shot down talk it was contemplating tapering its monetary easing - sending the euro lower. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent.South Korea's Kospi lost 0.4 percent and Australian stocks shed 0.3 percent. Japan's Nikkei bucked the trend and rose 0.2 percent, brushing a six-month high, as the yen weakened against the dollar.