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Following what some transportation safety advocates have referred to as insufficient recall efforts by Takata Corp and automakers, another person has been killed by a defective air bag manufactured by Takata. Recent news reports say the victim in this case was a 17-year-old driver who was involved in a car crash near Houston.
Source: Daily Mail Report “Teenage girl killed by exploding Takata air bag in tenth U.S. death linked to defect that prompted worldwide recall”
“An exploding Takata air bag has claimed another life, this time a 17-year-old girl whose car crashed near Houston.
Huma Hanif, an aspiring nurse, is the latest victim of malfunctioning air bag inflators that have killed 10 people in the U.S. and another in Malaysia, touching off the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.”
More than 100 people have been injured by the defective air bags, which sparked massive recalls beginning in 2013. The 2002 Honda Civic vehicle being driven by the teen when the crash occurred was reportedly on an automotive recall list, but had not been repaired. Reports also say the accident was minor to moderate, and would have likely not resulted in any serious injuries if not for the exploding airbag, which ruptured the teen’s throat.
Source: KFOR News Report “Texas teenager killed in fender bender; deputies say air bag is to blame for her death”
“FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – A teenager has died following a fender bender in Fort Bend County. However, authorities say it wasn’t the crash that killed 17-year-old Huma Hanif. Instead, they say it was the air bag.
“There is no doubt that the Takata air bag inside her 2002 Honda Civic failed and fired a sharp piece of jagged metal into her throat at point-blank range, from less than two feet away,” said Sheriff Troy Nehls. “Our investigation revealed that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the right neck area, which severed her jugular vein and carotid artery.”
According to a recent publication by Houston personal injury lawyer Amy Witherite, many are calling the recall efforts by automakers and Takata Corp inadequate due to incidents as this one continuing to occur, years after the risks have been made public. The blog “Teen Killed by Malfunctioning Air Bag in Texas Crash” quotes Florida Democrat Senator Bill Nelson as recently stating of the issue, “Takata and the automakers have to step up their efforts to locate, notify and fix every impacted car as soon as possible - before anyone else dies.”
Others like Witherite, who has closely followed developments in the Takata matter since 2013, agree with the position, and assert that more protections should be in place for consumers. Says Witherite, “worldwide, 85 million vehicles may have been potential defects according to the latest research. It is unfair that so many lives are still being placed at risk because automakers and Takata have not put forth more effort to get these automobiles fixed or off the road.”
Regulators are currently examining the matter. More information about the airbag recall can be found by visiting ConsumerReports online.
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