An auto accident on a Los Angeles roadway resulted in the tragic death of a 50-year-old Corona CA woman. This marked the 11th car crash fatality that has been caused by defective air bags manufactured by the Takata Corp and used in a car driven on a U.S. road. There have been another five reported deaths worldwide.
The fatal car accident occurred when another motorist behind the wheel of a Chevrolet pickup truck made a left turn and collided with the victim’s 2001 Honda Civic. The driver of the Honda Civic was transported to a local hospital, but doctors could not save her. Although the truck driver’s left turn is what reportedly caused the crash in the first place, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted an investigation and determined that the victim’s death was directly caused by metal shrapnel that flew out of the defective Takata air bag. This is what happens when the air bag inflates with too much force and ruptures upon impact.
Nearly 70 million vehicles containing the defective Takata air bags have already been recalled, but the recall is moving very slowly. Federal regulators are doing everything they can to speed up the recall, but there simply aren’t enough parts of manpower to deal with all of the recalls at once. That’s why the NHTSA is advising that priority be given to certain types of vehicles, such as the 2001 Honda Civic, and to cars being driven in warmer parts of the country. For instance, in June 2016, NHTSA officials indicated that Acura and Honda cars manufactured between 2001 and 2003 should take priority in the automotive recall because they pose a significant risk of injury due to defective air bags.
For further information, view the Yahoo.com article, “US Confirms 11th Death due to Takata Air Bags.”
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