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Texas Woman Suffers Eye Injury When Takata Airbag Deploys In Honda Fender Bender

A South Texas woman says she suffered eye damage when a minor low-speed fender bender caused the Takata airbag inside her 2012 Honda Civic to deploy with violent force. Mary Lou Rodriguez, a resident of the Rio Grande Valley city of Harlingen, Texas, told LawyersAndSettlements.com that she was driving her Honda in her neighborhood no more than 15 mph when she clipped a parked truck. Although the impact was slight, it triggered the airbags in her Honda. Ms. Rodriguez said there was a loud bang and she was forcefully thrust backward into her seat when the airbag deployed. “I was ... Read More

Family Blames Michigan Woman’s Death on Takata Airbag Injuries

The family of a Michigan woman who died Feb. 2 said they believe her death is the latest in a number of fatalities connected to faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata, which can rupture in low-impact collisions with lethal force. Brad Moulton told the Detroit Free Press that his mother Dianna Moulton never completely recovered from the extensive injuries she suffered when a Takata airbag exploded in her 2002 Honda CR-V in 2002. Ms. Moulton, a former middle school social studies teacher, was 71 when she died. In 2015 she told Bloomberg that she was making a U-turn in ... Read More

Florida Man Injured By Exploding Airbag Sues Takata, Honda

A Florida man filed a federal lawsuit against Japanese auto supplier Takata, Honda Motor Co., and related companies, alleging a defective airbag made by Takata and installed by Honda malfunctioned and caused him severe injuries. According to the Florida Record, Evelio Ruiz filed his complaint in a U.S. District Court in Miami Jan. 12. He claims the Takata airbag in his 2002 Honda Accord deployed with dangerous force in a collision he had in March 2015. Like many other motorists injured by the flawed airbags, Mr. Ruiz suffered from multiple lacerations to his neck. Such injuries occur when the airbag’s ... Read More

Takata Airbag Explosion Injures Honda Fit Driver in Japan

A driver in Japan was injured by a Takata airbag that exploded in a Honda Fit, Honda Motor Co said Tuesday. Few details about the incident were given, but Honda said the explosion occurred late last month in the passenger-side airbag in one of its Fit compact multi-purpose vehicles. As with so many other Takata airbag malfunctions, the airbag in this incident reportedly behaved more like a bomb than a life-saving safety device, blasting metal shrapnel into the vehicle and causing slight burns to the driver’s leg. Fortunately the driver in this case was able to escape serious injury. Had ... Read More

WSJ: Takata Nearing $1 Billion Settlement To Settle Criminal Allegations Over Airbag Failures

Japanese automotive supplier Takata Corp. is reportedly nearing a $1 billion settlement with the U.S. government that, if approved, would resolve allegations of criminal wrongdoing in its handling of airbags that are prone to explode with deadly force, the Wall Street Journal reported. Citing anonymous sources familiar with the discussion, the Wall Street Journal says that a settlement could come as early as January and range in the high hundreds of millions of dollars to $1 billion. There is also talk of Takata pleading guilty to criminal misconduct as part of the settlement, WSJ’s sources said. The settlement stems from ... Read More

Half a Million North Texas Residents At Risk of Takata Airbag Injuries, Death, Officials Warn

City and community leaders across northern Texas have formed a movement urging motorists with vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall to get their vehicles fixed without delay. The group of leaders met at Dallas City Hall Monday to kick off Airbag Recall: North Texas, an outreach that aims to raise awareness of the Takata airbag recall across the northern part of the state, where they estimate as many as half a million vehicles may be affected. Japanese supplier Takata and several automakers have recalled about 70 million faulty airbag inflators worldwide, with more than half of those, about 42 ... Read More

30,000-Plus Floridians At Serious Risk Of Takata Airbag Injury, Officials Warn

Florida and Honda officials sent out a special warning to motorists last week urging owners of certain 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles to immediately refrain from driving the cars unless it’s to a Honda dealership to have the Takata airbags replaced. “It is extremely important that Floridians know that certain 2001-2003 model Honda and Acura vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators are causing serious injuries or death as a result of an inflator rupture. These need to be replaced ASAP,” said Honda in a news release on Monday. The warning echoes an earlier notice the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ... Read More

Family Settles Suit With Takata, Honda Over Texas Teen’s Airbag Death

The family of a Texas teenager who died in March from injuries she suffered when a defective Takata airbag exploded in her Honda Civic has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Japanese airbag maker, Honda, and a local car dealership. Huma Hanif, 17, of Fort Bend, Texas, died on the afternoon of March 31 after she rear-ended the car in front of her at the intersection of FM 762 and Gonyo Lane in Richmond, Texas. What should have been a minor fender-bender turned deadly when the mild impact caused the Takata airbag in her 2002 Civic to explode, blasting metal shrapnel that punctured her throat ... Read More

Honda Reports Another Takata Airbag-Related Death In California

A defective Takata airbag caused the death of another person in the U.S., the 11th fatality linked to airbags that can explode with deadly force, U.S. regulators and Honda Motor Co. said Thursday. The victim, identified in the Riverside, Calif., coroner’s records as Delia Robles, 50, of Corona, Calif., was driving a 2001 Honda Civic in Riverside when the incident occurred on Sept. 20. According to the Los Angeles Times, Ms. Robles collided with a Chevy pickup truck that was attempting to make a left turn, causing the Takata airbag in her Civic to deploy. She was traveling about 25 mph ... Read More

Honda Recalls 350,000 2016 Civics For Brake-Related Rollaway Risk

American Honda Motor Co. said Thursday it is recalling about 350,000 Civic coupes and sedans in the United States to fix a defect affecting the vehicles’ electronic parking brake that could allow them to roll away. The recall affects two-door and four-door 1.5L turbo and 2.0L Civic vehicles from the 2016 model year. Honda said the electronic parking brake may not work when it is applied immediately after turning the ignition off. If the brake isn’t applied, the brake warning light in the instrument panel will blink for 15 seconds to alert the driver. According to Honda, the glitch lies ... Read More