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Arlington Family Sues Takata Following Airbag Explosion

An Arlington family has filed a lawsuit against Takata in connection with the severe injuries their teenage daughter suffered from a ruptured airbag.

About the New Takata Lawsuit

According to CBS, the Giddens family, is not only suing Japan’s Takata Corporation, but they are also suing Honda and a local Vandergriff auto dealership following an incident they had with the airbag.

In the lawsuit they have against Takata, Honda, and Vandergriff, the Giddens say they almost lost their daughter Courtnie Giddens in 2014 after she lightly tapped the bumper of another vehicle and her airbag exploded. Courtnie was seventeen at the time of the accident, and the vehicle she had was 2001 Honda Accord.

Before the accident, the mail brought the family a recall notice from Takata. Courtnie took her car to the local Vandergriff dealership where they told her to come back another day since the dealership did not have the Honda parts.

The Giddens lawsuit claims that Honda and Takata were negligent and did not take the proper steps to fix the situation, while the claim against the Vandergriff dealership was for them putting Courtnie back into the car when they knew that the car had a faulty airbag.

Only a few weeks ago the Takata recall doubled in size across the country. Estimates say that it will take up to three years before every notice is sent. So far 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the defective airbags.

Statistics on Airbag Safety

The following information was provided by Bloomberg:

  • Since 1990, 262 deaths reportedly have been caused by airbags inflating in low severity crashes, most of them in older model vehicles. These deaths include 87 drivers, 13 adult passengers, 138 children, and 24 infants.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the combination of an airbag plus a lap/shoulder belt reduces the risk of serious head injury among drivers by 85 percent compared with a 60 percent reduction for belts alone.
  • Deaths in frontal crashes are reduced about 14 percent among right front passengers using their belts and about 23 percent among passengers without belts. However, deaths are about 34 percent higher than expected among child passengers younger than 10.

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