Deaths Linked to Takata Airbags: A Timeline of Events

The recent global recall of Takata airbags began in 2008 when Honda Motor Co. recalled approximately 4,000 Accords and Civics over concerns that the airbags could rupture and explode metal fragments into the vehicles. Since then, more than 31 million vehicles have been recalled by more than 10 automakers because of injuries and deaths linked to Takata airbags. Defective airbag attorneys note seven fatal incidents linked to Takata airbags listed below.

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Deaths Linked to Takata Airbags from 2009 to 2015

  • May 2009 – The airbag in a 2001 Honda Accord reportedly exploded and sprayed metal fragments into the neck of a teen from Oklahoma.
  • December 2009 – A Virginia woman was in a minor accident that nevertheless caused the airbag in her 2001 Honda Accord to deploy. Metal fragments struck her neck, severing arteries, resulting in her death.
  • September 2013 – A man in Los Angeles was in his car in a parking lot when the airbag of his 2002 Acura TL went off. According to the coroner’s report, he died from “apparent facial trauma due to foreign object inside air bag.”
  • July 2014 – A Malaysian woman died when the airbag of her Honda City went off and struck her with shrapnel.
  • October 2014 – The airbag in a woman’s 2001 Honda Accord went off in an accident and sprayed her with fragments, resulting in her death four days later.
  • January 2015 – A man died when his 2002 Honda Accord airbag ruptured.
  • April 2015 – A young woman died four days after her 2005 Honda Accord crashed into a utility pole. Her mother’s lawsuit alleges she died from injuries sustained when the airbag “violently exploded.”

Injured Drivers or Passengers May Be Entitled to Compensation

Drivers or passengers who are injured by defective products may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries. Compensation can include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of ability to work
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering

If a defective product kills a driver or passenger, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:

  • Medical expenses that can be attributed to the fatal injury
  • Conscious pain and suffering prior to death
  • Mental anguish, and pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one
  • Funeral expenses

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