According to KHOU News, two deaths have occurred in the Houston area as a result of defective Takata airbags that have been recently recalled. It is estimated that there are roughly 250,000 affected vehicles in the Houston area.
In response to defective Takata airbags, millions of vehicles have been recalled. The defective airbags are responsible for multiple deaths, as well as hundreds of injuries across the United States. As explained by experts, the airbags are basically exploding when they are deployed, causing shrapnel to fly out at the drivers.
In the Houston, Texas-area, two deaths have recently occurred in what were described as minor collision. These deaths were the result of injuries caused by faulty Takata airbags Carlos Solis, 35 years old, and Huma Hanif, 17 years old, are the names of the victims.
In response to Huma Hanif’s fatal accident, Georgia Chakiris, regional administrator for the National Highway Safety Administration, has publicly stated, “She should have been able to walk away from that crash. Instead she became the 10th fatality in the United States”.
The Houston City Council’s Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee discussed the recalls for the airbags on Tuesday. The city leaders held a news conference afterwards, encouraging everyone to pay attention to the recalls and to check to see if their vehicle may be defected. The recalls impact more than 12 different automakers.
Cars that were made between 2001-2003 are particularly at the highest risk, and hot humid environments seem to exacerbate the problem.
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