A 17 year old Fort Bend County teen was killed in a fender bender because her vehicle contained a defective air bag. The teen was driving along FM 762 and Gonyo Road near Richmond when she rear-ended another vehicle. Upon impact a piece of metal deployed from her Honda’s airbag and lodged in her neck. She was killed almost instantly.
Officials say that the airbag inflator ruptured during the crash, which caused the metal fragment to be forced through the airbag, striking the teen in the neck. Investigators have determined that the vehicle’s Takata airbag was to blame. Investigators say that the teen should not have died from the minor accident.
The vehicle’s airbag is one that has been recalled because of defects with the inflator. Defective Takata airbags are responsible for an unknown number of deaths and many more injuries. The victim’s brother is urging with vehicles with the defective air bags to get them fixed before another loved one is killed. Honda says it sent out multiple recall notices for the vehicle that was involved in the crash, but the victim’s family says it never received them.
Takata has passed along its condolences to the family and said they continue to attempt to enhance consumer awareness. Honda says it will continue to encourage all owners of vehicles with defective airbags to seek repairs immediately.
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