In September, one Texas woman was in a minor car accident. Instead of her airbag protecting her, the defective equipment detonated, sending shrapnel into her car. Metal and plastic pieces struck the woman in the arms and chest, causing her serious injuries. The Texas woman is suing Honda and the U.S. subsidiary of Takata. Her lawsuit claims Takata knew the airbags used in her vehicle as well as many others were defective and dangerous. This is hardly the first Takata airbag-related injury. More than 150 people have sustained injuries and 11 Americans have died due to the defective safety equipment.
Takata Airbag Recalls
Honda is not the only vehicle manufacturer affected by defective Takata airbags. These airbags have been placed in a variety of models for 14 automakers. Manufacturers have recalled numerous vehicle models made between 2002 and 2015 because the airbags can explode, causing serious injuries or death to the vehicle’s occupants. The source of the issue is that these airbags use ammonium nitrate-based propellant without any drying agent. When the environment is humid or moist, the bag’s inflator, which is a metal cartridge, ruptures. That is why the explosion can include metal shrapnel that can lead to deep lacerations and eye injuries. Overall, more than 100 million vehicles around the world have been recalled, starting in late 2014.
Going to Court with a Personal Injury Claim
When you have been injured because of another person or business’s negligence, carelessness, or wrongful act, you do not have to bear the consequences yourself. You may face hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses because of your injury, and your financial situation is only made worse by the fact that you cannot work while you recover. You have the right to hold the other party financially responsible for the damage they caused.
If you were hurt by a defective product, you may be able to recover for your personal injuries if you can prove that the company or seller was aware of the defect and took not steps to keep consumers safe or remedy the potential consequences. Products can be defective based on their design, incorrect manufacturing or because they lack the appropriate warnings. If you and your attorney can demonstrate one of these scenarios, you may be able to recover:
- Medical costs;
- Lost wages;
- Disability and disfigurement; and/or
- Pain and suffering.
Call a New Braunfels Personal Injury Lawyer for Help
If you are trying to recover from an accident but you do not know how you will pay all of your bills or when you will be able to get back to work, call the passionate New Braunfels personal injury attorneys of the Bettersworth Law Firm as soon as possible. We can help you with your insurance claims and if necessary, file a personal injury claim in court.