Airbags are supposed to keep drivers and passengers safe during an accident; however, this is not always the case. In several recent car collisions, airbags in Honda vehicles have been at fault for many serious personal injuries and have inflicted more damage than the accident itself.
45-year-old Serena Martinez was the most recent victim of a faulty airbag that almost cost Serena her life. According to reports, on September 11, 2016, Ms. Martinez was hit head-on while driving to work. While the accident itself was minor, the airbag detonated and, due to faulty manufacturing, the inflator disintegrated into shrapnel that impaled Serena in the chest and arm. One of the pieces of shrapnel came within three inches of striking an artery that could have ended Serena’s life.
Ms. Martinez recounts sitting in her car, looking at the blood covering her clothes and wondering if her personal injuries were going to cause her to bleed to death. She reports that she felt a burning and pain in her chest, and that medical personnel informed her that she had a large gash on her chest and several wounds on her hands.
Sadly, Ms. Martinez’s case isn’t an unusual event. In a string on Takata-made airbag malfunctions, approximately 11 people have been killed and 139 injured across the nation. In April of 2016 a 17-year-old driver named Huma Hanif was killed in a minor crash because of the airbag in her 2002 Civic. In January of 2015, 35-year-old Carlos Solis also received fatal personal injuries when his neck was impaled in a fender-bender; while the verdict was not determined, investigators suspected that the airbag was to blame.
After discovering that a faulty airbag was the cause of her near-death personal injuries, Martinez claims that she was upset and is now too anxious to drive. Ms. Martinez has chosen to go forward and file a lawsuit against both Honda and Takata.
Meanwhile, Honda is urging drivers to check for recalls on their vehicle, and claims that the company is doing everything possible to make buyers aware if their airbags are faulty.
For Mo Aziz, the attorney representing both Ms. Martinez and the family of Huma Hanif, Honda’s efforts aren’t enough. She goes onto say that the ammonium nitrate in faulty airbag inflators is a recipe for disaster and that we can continue to expect these tragic stories to unfold.
While Honda claims to have sent out 18 million mailed notifications, 21.7 million post cards, 21.4 million phone calls, 7.3 million e-mails, and 1 million text messages to inform vehicle owners of the recall, neither Ms. Martinez or the family of Ms. Hanif claim to have ever received a notification that their airbags were faulty.
If you own a Honda vehicle, you can check for airbag problems at www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com. If you’ve suffered personal injuries due to a faulty airbag, now is the time to step forward and start taking action to receive the compensation that you deserve. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with an attorney from Penney and Associates.