Honda and Toyota Increase Takata Airbag Recalls; 7th Death Confirmed
Posted on behalf of Greg Coleman Law on Jun 16, 2015 in Consumer Alerts
Following the confirmation of a seventh death linked to a defective Takata airbag, Honda and Toyota have added to the number of models recalled for these dangerous airbags.
On June 15, Honda confirmed that a seventh fatality had indeed occurred in one of its automobiles. The crash, involving a 22-year-old woman driving a 2005 Honda Civic, occurred in April 2015. The woman was fatally wounded by a ruptured airbag inflator.
Greg Coleman Law has experience handling product liability claims and can help if you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a defective Takata airbag.
A Failure to Warn
According to Honda, the woman's Honda Civic was part of the safety improvement campaign initiated in June 2014. Unfortunately, the car's original owner did not receive a notification. The vehicle was then sold to the victim in Louisiana.
Louisiana was not considered an area where it was a high priority to recall the airbags. It was not until a nationwide recall was announced that notices began to be sent out. A safety notice had been sent to the new owner just three days before her death.
According to police reports, during the accident, the airbag failed to properly deploy and violently exploded. The driver sustained a penetrating injury, which led to serious blood loss.
Toyota just recently added 1.4 million cars, trucks and SUVs to the list of vehicles needing to be recalled for defective airbags. Some of the vehicles include the Corolla, Matrix, Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV; model years range from 2003 to 2007.
Honda has also added 1.04 million vehicles, ranging from 2003 to 2007 models, to the Takata airbag recall list. The latest recall includes Honda Civic and Honda Accord models.
Greg Coleman Law continues to monitor breaking Takata airbag recall news as the saga continues to grow. Our lawyers believe that Takata Corp. and auto manufacturers that failed to warn consumers about the dangers of the airbag need to be held accountable for their actions.
If you or someone you know was hurt by a vehicle defect, we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our firm can work with investigative teams as well as expert witnesses to build a strong claim in your favor.