Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Honda Confirms 8th Death From Defective Airbags
What is the latest news concerning the defective airbags installed in Honda vehicles?
Following the largest automobile recall in United States history, Honda confirmed the death of a Los Angeles-area woman was possibly caused by a defective ‘Takata’ brand airbag. Following increasing pressure from the U.S. government and regulatory agencies, Honda agreed to recall over 33 million automobiles, and has offered to install replacement airbags at its own cost. However, in this most recent tragedy, the victim had actually rented the vehicle from a rental agency that apparently failed to heed these warnings.
Details of California wrongful death lawsuit against Honda, et al.
According to the details of a recent wrongful death lawsuit against Honda, Takata, and the rental car agency that loaned the vehicle to the victim, the decedent was killed instantly following an automobile collision in September 2014. More specifically, the victim was involved in a collision that caused the airbag to automatically inflate at a rate much higher than necessary, causing deadly injuries to her head and neck. Moreover, the facts reveal that she was pierced with metal shrapnel, which was described as having “spewed” forth from the airbag compartment. According to reports, Takata uses a metal canister to contain the ammonium nitrite necessary to cause the small explosion needed to rapidly inflate the airbag. In the defective components, this metal canister is becoming eroded and compromised, causing the chemical cocktail to overreact and bits of the canister to emit along with the airbag itself.
While a defective airbag is the likely the cause of this unfortunate travesty, the wrongful death lawsuit implicated the rental car agency as well – citing its flagrant ignorance of multiple recall notices and defective product notices. Allegedly, the rental agency was sent four separate notices of the recall, and never took the initiative to have the vehicle repaired. This fact could result in an indemnification claim from Honda and/or Takata as the agency undoubtedly had a duty to inspect its vehicles and safeguard customers from known risk.
If you are considering a personal injury lawsuit or would like more information about what to do following a motor vehicle accident, contact Warren and Barren County Kentucky personal injury attorney Flora Templeton Stuart right away by calling (888)782-9090.