Texas Teen’s Death Blamed on Takata Airbag Malfunction

May 3, 2016  |  Class Actions, Takata

A 17-year-old girl died outside of Houston in early April, police say, after her car’s Takata airbag ruptured and sent a piece of metal into her neck. An article on the tragedy appeared April 7 on the website of The New York Times.

Another Tragedy Linked to Defective Airbags

According to the Times article, the girl was the 11th person who has died from injuries linked to defective Takata airbags. She was travelling on a state highway when she hit the car in front of her and died at the scene after her 2002 Honda Civic’s airbag ruptured and sent a metal fragment into her neck. The lead investigator in the case was quoted as saying the girl was not speeding and there was only moderate damage to the vehicle.

He was quoted as saying his department works with this type of accident regularly and “everybody walks away” from it.

A Massive Problem

Takata airbags are part of a massive recall involving approximately 24 million vehicles. However, millions more have not yet been recalled. These devices are found in a wide range of automobiles, including:

  • BMW
  • Ford
  • Honda
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Nissan
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen

Baron & Budd has a great deal of experience in litigation involving Takata airbags. Along with our co-counsel, Baron & Budd was the first law firm to file a Takata lawsuit in the U.S. One of our attorneys, Roland Tellis, is on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for the Takata multidistrict litigation (MDL) case.

Please get in touch with us as soon as possible if you own a vehicle outfitted with a Takata airbag, or if you or a loved one has suffered harm due to a malfunction of this device. Get started online here or call 866-723-1890 to talk about your potential legal options.

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