According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the death of a teenager linked to a faulty Takata airbag caused the death tally to rise to eight U.S. fatalities and nine around the world.
This latest incident took placed near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The teen went off the highway and collided with a tree, causing the fatal airbag rupture. He died in the hospital a few days later.
The vehicle was a 2001 Honda Accord and its owners had previously received a recall notice. Another notice was sent out the day before the teens collision but repairs were not performed on the car.
The car will be checked by the NHTSA to confirm suspicions about a defective Takata airbag as the cause of death.
Faulty Takata airbags can rupture in hot and humid weather because the metal housing that contains the chemical used to inflate the airbags can explode when the chemical becomes unstable. This explosion sends metal pieces into the air with force that can cause injury and death.
Most of the Takata airbag deaths followed accidents deemed easy to survive if the defective airbags had functioned properly. Honda does not use Takata as a supplier anymore.
Honda, along with the NHTSA, is encouraging Honda owners to bring their vehicles in immediately for repair if they are under recall. If unsure, contact a local Honda dealership and inquire about your vehicle.
The recall is expanding to include 2002-2004 Honda CR-Vs, 2005-2008 Mazda6s and 2005-2008 Subaru Outbacks and Legacies. So far, 19 million vehicles have been recalled.
The Japanese manufacturer, Takata, has already paid a $70 million fine and may pay up to $130 million in penalties.
If you or your loved one has been injured due to a defective Takata airbag, contact our offices today to learn what your legal options are. The experienced Tennessee personal injury lawyers at Greg Coleman Law will fight for your justice.