The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced another fatality has been linked to a defective Takata air bag, bringing the total to eight deaths in the U.S.
The death was related to a car accident that occurred on July 22, 2015, where a minor had been severely injured after being struck by shards projected from the airbag inflator. He died a few days later.
The accident occurred in a relative’s 2001 Honda Accord. The car was under recall, but the owner may not have been directly notified, although Honda claims otherwise. The NHTSA just learned of the death on Dec. 17 after being contacted by an attorney representing the family.
The defective inflators on the airbags have a risk of rupturing, shooting shrapnel-like metal fragments into the air at high speeds. The devices are at greater risk of rupturing when exposed to high heat and humidity for a long time.
Largest Auto Recall in History
The Takata airbag recall began in 2013, and affects an estimated 33.8 million vehicles across 11 automakers worldwide, making it the largest product recall in history.
Four additional car models were added to the recall this week.
- 2005-2008 Mazda6
- 2002-2004 Honda CR-V
- 2005-2008 Subaru Legacy
- 2005-2008 Subaru Outback
The news of this fatality comes shortly after the NHTSA issued its largest civil penalty against Takata, for failing to report on the defect. As part of the penalty, they were ordered to speed up the recall and repair process.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a faulty Takata airbag, you may be entitled to compensation. The product liability attorneys at Simien & Simien, LLC can help you get the justice you deserve. Call now for a free consultation.