Lawsuit Suggests Recalled Takata Airbags are Being Installed in Used Vehicles
A new lawsuit suggests recalled Takata airbags are being equipped in used vehicles. One such incident, in which a previously recalled Takata airbag was installed in a 2002 Honda Accord, nearly killed a Las Vegas teenager.
About the Takata Airbag Accident and Lawsuit
USA Today reports that 19-year-old Karina Dorado suffered a punctured trachea after a faulty airbag exploded and sprayed shrapnel throughout the cabin of her 2002 Honda Accord. The family has filed a lawsuit alleging the airbag was subject to a recall.
The lawsuit states that in 2015 the Nevada-based salvage yard Pic-a-Part supplied a recalled Takata-brand airbag from a 2001 Accord to a company which specializes in repairing damaged vehicles. The repair company then installed the airbag into a 2002 Accord that had previously been deemed a total loss by Liberty Mutual Group.
According to Honda, the airbag that was sold by Pic-a-Part was among the most dangerous to be recalled as tests showed nearly a 50-percent chance of the inflator rupturing in a crash.
The vehicle was sold to Dorado’s father, Jose Dorado-Carillo, in March of 2016, with no mention of the airbag being recalled. A year later, as Karina Dorado was traveling home after work, her Accord was struck by another vehicle. The airbag ruptured upon deployment.
After spending several days in a trauma center, Dorado’s voice had notably changed. She has also been left with a scar and the prospect of future surgeries.
Vehicles Known to Be Equipped with Recalled Takata Airbags
Tens of millions of vehicles manufactured by at least 19 different automakers have been affected by the ongoing Takata airbag recalls, with some vehicles being recalled twice. The airbags have been linked to 19 deaths and more than 180 injuries.
Among the vehicles known to be equipped with the dangerous Takata airbags are: