On Wednesday, we discussed the Takata airbag recall affecting Toyota and Honda vehicles, and personal injury cases linked to the reported defects. The airbags allegedly could open with too much force and spray occupants with metal shrapnel.
The recall recently affected more than 247,000 vehicles, including 2002-05 Lexus SCs and the Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia and Tundra. In addition, more than 14 million vehicles from 11 automakers have been recalled worldwide, including Honda vehicles in America.
In a scary story the New York Times ran recently, it discussed a case involving a Florida woman who died following a car accident, with detectives believing she may have suffered stab wounds in her neck.
According to the Times, detectives were in the process of searching for clues about what they thought were stab wounds in Hien Tran’s neck when they discovered a letter from Honda in her mailbox urging her to get her Accord fixed because of airbag defects.
Detectives allegedly discovered that in her car accident, Tran’s airbag exploded and sent shrapnel flying into her neck. An investigation by the Times discovered that Takata airbags have been linked to at least 139 injuries in the U.S., through injury claims filed with federal regulators.
Honda has reportedly said that it is “too early” to draw conclusions on Tran’s death, according to the Times, and the manufacturer has only admitted that two people have been killed by rupturing airbags.
Remember, if you have been injured or have had a loved one killed because of airbag defects, you need to call our attorneys immediately. We can investigate your case and could potentially file a claim on your behalf.
As the tragic accident above shows, in some cases, people may have been unknowingly injured or killed by defective airbags. Keep in mind, investigators have had trouble determining what exactly has caused some car occupants’ injuries following a crash.
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