A man in Texas may be the sixth person to die in the U.S. because of faulty airbags. The man was killed January 18 in an accident on Cypresswood Drive in Houston. The man failed to yield the right of way when making a turn and struck another car. The accident was minor, and both vehicles had minimal damage. However, during the accident something impaled the man's neck and he was killed. Investigators are now considering whether or not the man's airbag killed him.
The victim's children filed a lawsuit this week against Honda and Takata, the airbag manufacturer, accusing them of negligence. Thus far, faulty airbags manufactured by Takata have been blamed for five deaths. Tests have shown that on impact, the airbags explode with too much force. This force can send shrapnel flying. Takata has refused to issue a nationwide recall for its airbags.
Honda claims that the vehicle the man was driving was included in a 2011 recall for the airbag, but the repair was never completed. The lawsuit alleges that the man was not informed of the recall. Honda is urging owners of Honda and Acura vehicles to get their vehicles repaired at authorized dealers as soon as possible. In addition to Honda and Acura vehicles, there are several other automakers whose cars contain the dangerous airbags. In total, about 7.8 million vehicles have been recalled to replace front air bags.
This tragedy could have been easily prevented had Takata responded quickly when it learned of the problem with its airbags. Instead, it has continued to deny the dangers, as have some automakers. If you have been harmed in an accident because of a defect with the vehicle, you may have the right to compensation from the auto manufacturer. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493. You can also visit our Twitter page to learn more.