The accident fatality toll from malfunctioning Takata airbags continues to increase. In April this year, a young woman was killed in an accident involving her 2005 Honda Civic. In the accident, the woman struck a utility pole, and the airbag deployed. Metal shards of fragment from the airbag exploded into her face, and one of those fragments cut off her carotid artery. That injury caused severe and profuse bleeding, and the woman died of her injuries. The interior of the car was found sprayed with fragments from the airbag.
The victim's family has already filed a product liability lawsuit. This marks the seventh confirmed fatality linked to the defective airbags.
In June 2014, Takata undertook a safety improvement campaign to replace all of the airbag inflators in the driver's side airbag. However, all owners of the cars that contain these defective airbags were not immediately notified, and as a result, many motorists continued to drive their cars unaware that their airbags were potentially defective. The defect in these airbags causes them to deploy with excessive force, and in some cases, shoot out shards of metal, and fragments, into the person's head, eyes and face.
If you were injured in an accident that you believe was caused by a defective auto component on a defective vehicle, speak to a product liability lawyer in Los Angeles about your options for compensation. Accidents involving defective auto parts are typically filed under product liability laws. Discuss your case with a product liability lawyer in Los Angeles.