NEW YORK – A news article posted on nypost.com reports that there have been approximately 37 fatalities connected to defective Takata airbags. Tragically, millions of motor vehicles still have dangerous, defective airbags, notwithstanding years of recalls and dozens of deaths purportedly connected to auto safety devices.
According to a new investigation, the Takata airbags can degrade in hot and humid environments leading the airbags to explode when activated during an accident. The airbags harm and potentially kill passengers because when they explode, the airbags shoot out pieces of metal like shrapnel. The defective airbags affect about 14 million U.S. motor vehicles and several million more throughout the world. It is believed that the defective airbags were installed in over 42 million vehicles worldwide.
The affected carmakers include Ford, General Motors, Honda, Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota.
The new report examined the tragic story of an American citizen who was living in Merida, Mexico. The victim was operating her used Honda CR-V back in December when a vehicle backed into her car. The impact set off her airbags, and the Honda’s defective airbag shot a piece of metal into her neck. She died in the incident. According to the victim’s husband, they have never received a single warning that the car was under recall. He stated that he was very concerned that they were allowed to drive their car without any warnings, recall letters, or phone calls cautioning them about the deadly defect. He stated that they had been driving with a gun pointed at their heads.
Carmakers included in Takata-related recalls include Honda, Toyota, Ford, General Motors, Tesla, and Mercedes-Benz. Takata filed for bankruptcy protection back in 2017 during the airbag-related litigation.
So far, 19 people have tragically lost their lives in the U.S. while in traffic accidents involving the deadly Takata airbags. The most recent fatality occurred in South Carolina. The driver was tragically killed by a Takata airbag installed in his 2002 Honda Accord. Honda stated that the vehicle was recalled back in 2011 and that the automaker made over 100 attempts to reach the motor vehicle’s owner through in-person visits and phone calls.
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