One of the largest consumer product safety recalls in US history is under way, larger even than the Tylenol scare in the 1980’s, and it could directly put the safety of you and your family at risk as soon as your next trip in your automobile.
Over 34 million automobiles are being recalled due to containing potentially deadly airbags manufactured by the Takata Company of Japan. It’s been shown that the inflation device that launches the airbag in the event of a collision, a combustible, metal cartridge that contains inflatable wafers, can explode without warning and has caused seven deaths and dozens of injuries to automobile drivers and passengers. When an airbag’s inflator cartridge explodes it can spray the cabin of an automobile with sharp metal and sharp hard plastic shards. This product malfunction has caused many needless deaths, 8 and counting, and dozens of serious injuries to the occupants of an automobile’s cabin to their neck, eyes, and faces.
Takata Airbag Failure Fatalities
35-year-old Carlos Solis was killed while driving his Honda Accord when the driver-side airbag inflator ruptured. Local Houston Sheriff’s Department Accident Investigators reported that this accident was merely a bumper to bumper fender bender and the other passengers in the vehicle were uninjured. The car’s driver Solis was killed by the unnecessary deployment of the vehicles Takata air bag.
A California women, Jewel Brangman, died as a result of injuries incurred from an automobile accident when the deployment of her driver’s side airbag included metal fragments from the device’s inflator mechanism. Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that rented the car to her, a 2001 Honda Civic, claiming that the company knew of the automobile’s dangers and recall, ignored them, and rented the car to her anyway.
Kylan Langlinais, 22 years old, from Lousiana was killed under suspicious circumstances as a result of her airbag deploying with excessive force including with the airbag metal shrapnel that caused her death. Bloomberg.com reported that she received a recall notice in the mail for her 2005 Honda Civic two days after her fatal accident.
These are just three of the seven or so currently-known fatalities surrounding the deployment of Takata airbags that includes many dozens of serious injuries. Honda Motors is not the only company whose motor vehicles contain faulty Takata airbags. Other companies, Acura, Lexus, BMW, Mazda, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Dodge, Nissan, Ford, Subaru, General Motors, Pontiac Saab, Toyota, and Infiniti have issued recalls to owners of their vehicles manufactured between 2002 and 2014. After looking up if your vehicle has been subject to the recall you need to take the recommended immediate action to insure that you do not become a victim of this most serious and potentially deadly product malfunction.
In order to find out if your vehicle is subject to the recall, check it’s VIN, vehicle identification number usually located on the dash board on the drivers side and it is visible from the outside of the car looking in. You can also find this number on your automobile registration card and insurance card which should be in your car’s glove box. When you have written down that number, visit http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners/vin-lookup-sites and enter the number.
Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm is Dallas’ preeminent personal injury law firm representing clients that have been injured and the families of those killed by the negligence of others due to defective Takata airbag deployments and other product malfunctions. Our expert DFW product liability attorneys will help you get the justice you and your loved ones deserve. If you or someone you care about has been in an airbag failure accident, please call us at 214-526-7900 or fill out our Case Review Contact Form to the right on this page to find out what your case is worth.