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Teen Driver Killed by Faulty Takata Airbag

Jonathan Hernandez7 months ago

A teen driver from Texas was killed in an accident in which a Takata airbag inside the vehicle ruptured during an accident.

Details about the Fatal Takata Airbag Accident

The New York Times is reporting that a teenager from Texas was killed in an accident last week when the Takata airbag in her Honda Civic ruptured, according to local police on Wednesday. This fatality brings the total number of deaths linked to Takata airbags to 11.

Honda has said that they have recalled the vehicle multiple times since 2011, but the airbag was never repaired. According to the family of the victim, they have owned the vehicle for five years and have not received any recall notices about the car.

17-year-old Huma Hanif was driving along a state highway near Houston at around 4:30 p.m. on March 31 when she ran her vehicle into the car in front of her. Hanif’s airbag ruptured, which sent shrapnel into the side of her neck, according to the lead investigator on the accident. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, just a few minutes away from her high school.

The investigator also said that the girl was not speeding, and that it was an accident that they handle every day and that most people walk away from with only minor injuries.

Important Information about Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in motor vehicle accidents every year in the state of Texas:  

  • In 2014, one person was killed every 2 hours and 29 minutes on Texas roadways.
  • The fatality rate of motor vehicle accidents in the state of Texas was 1.42 deaths for every hundred million vehicle miles that were traveled.
  • In 2014, there were a total of 3,534 motor vehicle accident fatalities in the state of Texas.


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