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First California Death Caused by Exploding Takata Airbags Confirmed

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According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, major Japanese automaker Honda has confirmed the first California death caused by exploding Takata airbags.

The victim, a 26-year-old woman, was driving a rented 2001 Honda Civic when the airbag inflator ruptured in a crash, causing a laceration to the left side of her neck and a severe brain injury. The lawsuit alleges that both Honda and the airbag manufacturer Takata Corp. had known about the deadly defect for years yet did not act to address the issue in a reasonable time period.

Earlier this year, approximately 34 million vehicles have been recalled due to the airbag defect, making it the largest auto recall in history. The recall includes vehicles manufactured by many major American and Japanese automakers.

So far, the Takata airbag inflator explosion defect has been linked to eight deaths and more than 100 injuries in the U.S. While most of the incidents have been reported in wet regions with high temperatures, this latest incident shows that the airbag is capable of exploding in milder climates.

At this moment, another fatal accident in California is under review.

To determine whether your vehicle has been affected by the Takata airbag recall, look up your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident and you suspect that the Takata airbag defect was a major contributing factor, please don’t hesitate to contact Wilshire Law Firm for legal assistance. We can investigate your case and prove your claim in order to get you maximum recovery for your losses. Let us fight for you.

Last Updated: 05-01-2017

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