Last Friday - January 30, 2015 - Honda announced that an airbag manufactured
by the Japanese auto parts company Takata Corporation ruptured in a fatal
collision that killed a man in the Houston area in January. The death
is the sixth fatality linked to defective airbags in Honda vehicles, in
addition to at least 52 confirmed injuries.
According to a statement released by Honda, the Houston man purchased a
used 2002 Honda Accord and was never notified of a recall involving the
defective airbags. In recent months, automakers have issued recalls for
millions of vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. In October of last
year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also
issued a consumer advisory urging owners of recalled vehicles to take
immediate action and replace their airbags.
You can read more about recalls and how to make sure you're safe on a
Defective Airbags & Victims' Rights
Both Takata and Honda have struggled to deal with blowback caused by defective
airbags, which can explode during deployment and send shrapnel flying
toward vehicle occupants. In early January, Honda was fined $70 million
- the largest auto safety fine in American history - for failing to provide
the NHTSA with reports of nearly 2,000 deaths, injuries, and warning signs
involving defective airbags.
As federal safety regulators continue their investigations and oversight
of the auto industry, victims and families who've suffered losses
as a result of defective airbags have begun filing personal injury claims
under product liability laws. Many of these lawsuits allege that victims
suffered harm due to inherently dangerous airbags, and that they are entitled
to financial compensation for their damages.
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, we've helped many victims
injured in auto accidents and by defective products. If you have questions
about your legal rights after a car accident, or about defective airbags,
our legal team is available to discuss your case during a free consultation.
Contact our firm today for a FREE case review.