Takata’s airbag recall is one of the largest in history. Several people have died as a result of the exploding airbags sending shrapnel into the bodies of people in crashes. A new death has happened because of the airbags, this time in Texas.
A teenage girl was killed in a crash thanks to the malfunctioning airbags. She was driving a 2002 Honda Civic when she rear-ended a car and the airbags went off. Shrapnel entered the girl’s neck and killed her. The authorities are uncertain about how fast the car was going, but they believe that had the airbag worked properly everyone would have walked away from the crash.
Ten people have been killed in the US due to the problem and another in Malaysia. 24 million US vehicles alone have been affected by the faulty bags and millions more worldwide. Only about 27% of the faulty airbags have been replaced due to a lack of parts despite work by Honda and Takata to find more suppliers.
The family was not aware of the recall before the crash. Honda has sent out recall notices on multiple occasions to car owners, but used car owners often slip under the radar. If you own an older vehicle or a used one, you must find out if the airbag it has is safe or not.
This is just another tragic example of why Honda and Takata must be made to pay for damages. If you believe you’ve been injured thanks to shrapnel from an airbag, call John Foy & Associates for a consultation.