Known Takata Air Bag Death Toll Rises to 11
As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, another death has been traced to a defective Takata air bag. The victim this time was a 17-year-old Texas girl whose car was in a crash outside of Houston. Defective exploding Takata air bags have been revealed as the cause behind ten U.S. driver and passenger deaths as well as an additional death in Malaysia and serious injuries to over 100 other individuals. The defect and its deadly consequences led to the largest vehicle recall in U.S. history.
In this tragic continuation of Takata deaths, the teenage Richmond, Texas resident was driving a 2002 Honda Civic when her car rear-ended another car. The airbags triggered, and exploding shrapnel flew into the girl’s neck, causing her death. Authorities noted that the crash was “moderate” and would not have caused serious injuries were it not for the defective airbag, which turned what should be a life-preserving mechanism into the equivalent of a shrapnel bomb.
More than 24 million vehicles in the U.S. have been recalled for replacement inflators. Car owners can go to www.safercar.gov and key in their vehicle identification number to check for any unrepaired recalls.
Takata Airbag Problems and Airbag Recall Lawsuits
The recalled Takata airbags contain a propellant that may cause the airbag to explode upon impact in an accident, shooting out metal debris from the casing towards drivers and passengers.
The Takata lawsuit complaints charge that the company knew of defects in its airbags a decade ago, after conducting secret tests of the products that showed dangerous flaws. Rather than alert federal safety regulators to these risks, Takata allegedly ordered its engineers to delete the test data.
If you or a family member have been injured in an accident linked to a faulty airbag, please contact Lieff Cabraser for a prompt and confidential evaluation of your case. Or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 and ask to speak with auto accident attorney Fabrice N. Vincent.
Car owners can go to www.safercar.gov and key in their vehicle identification number to check for any unrepaired recalls.