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Fourth Death Linked to Takata Airbags

Destiny Baker2 years ago

Authorities are investigating the death of motorist Hien Thi Tran, concerned that her death may have been caused by a defect present in Takata brand airbags.

Driver's Death Originally Investigated as Homicide

According to Bloomberg, the death of Hien Thi Tran was originally investigated as a homicide with investigators noting the deep cuts to her neck were not consistent with injuries normally sustained in a car crash.

Authorities are now looking at the possibility that Tran’s death was caused by a defect known to affect some airbags manufactured Takata Inc. If evidence supports the authorities’ suspicion, Tran would become the fourth person believed to be killed by the defective airbags.

Tran was driving a Honda Accord at the time of the collision. Honda has been linked to two similar situations in which it is believed that shrapnel from the faulty airbags was responsible for the motorists’ deaths, rather than the collision itself.

Honda is currently a third death involving a driver who crashed an Acura sedan in a California parking lot in 2012.

About the Takata Airbag Defect

Reports suggest that the defective airbags may deploy with excess force during collision, forcing heated metal shards to be ejected throughout the vehicles. These metal shards, some reaching two inches in length, can kill or injure vehicle occupants.

The issue has caught the eye of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the agency has launched an industry-wide investigation into the defect.

More than 16 million vehicles equipped with the defective airbags have been recalled since 2008.

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