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A malfunctioning air bag has claimed the life of a teenager involved in a recent Texas crash. News reports say the Fort Bend County teen is the 10th person in the U.S. and the second from the Houston area to be killed as a result of an air bag malfunction during a traffic collision.
Source: Houston Chronicle Report “Defective air bag claims life of Fort Bend teen”
“A Fort Bend County teenager is the second person from the Houston area and the 10th nationwide to be killed by a malfunctioning airbag that ruptured in a car crash.
Huma Hanif, 17, died March 31 when she ran her 2002 Honda Civic into a car ahead of her along FM 762 at Gonyo Lane.”
According to Houston car wreck attorney Amy Witherite, who is unrelated to the aforementioned crash, but has closely followed media reports about the Takata airbag recall, “defects in automobiles can be as life threatening as other types of serious injuries sustained in an accident. In the case of the Takata airbags, victims sustained cuts and gashes so severe their injuries bore the appearance of a vicious attack even to medical personnel.”
Reports say the crash would not have led to fatalities if the airbag was not defective.
Source: AP Report “Teenage girl killed by exploding Takata air bag in Texas”
“The girl, from Richmond, Texas, was driving a 2002 Honda Civic in Fort Bend County, Texas, when the car rear-ended another vehicle and the air bags went off, said Sheriff's Deputy Danny Beckworth, who investigated the crash. Shrapnel hit the girl's neck, killing her, said Beckworth, who has not yet determined how fast her car was going…The crash, Beckworth said, was "moderate" and wouldn't have caused any serious injuries if not for the air bag. "Everybody would have walked away," he said.
To read more visit https://www.yahoo.com/news/honda-reports-10th-us-death-192952748.html?ref=gs.
Officials with Honda say the Honda Civic that was driven by the teen at the time of the crash was one of the approximate 30 million vehicles included on the list of those recalled due to an airbag defect. In addition to the fatalities, more than 100 people have reportedly been injured by the malfunctioning airbag inflators. Some transportation safety advocates have spoken out about issues with current recall efforts by the vehicle manufacturer and the Takata Corp., which manufactures the airbags.
Florida Democrat Senator Bill Nelson recently said 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.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also spoken of the inadequacy of the “conventional approach” used by automakers for issuing and following up on recall notifications stating “NHTSA is renewing its call to all auto manufacturers involved in the Takata air bag recall to intensify and expand their outreach to affected vehicle owners.”
More detailed information about the Takata airbag recall and what consumers can do to check the status of their vehicle can be found by visiting the Consumer Reports website.
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