11th US Victim of Defective Takata Airbags Killed in Riverside County

A 50-year-old woman in Riverside County is the 11th person to die in the U.S. from a defective Takata airbag. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed her death Thursday, but her identity has not been released.

The woman was killed in an accident on September 30th in Riverside County. She was driving a 2001 Honda Civic. According to Honda Motor Co., the vehicle had been included in multiple recalls beginning in 2008. More than 20 recall notices had been mailed to the registered owners. Honda’s records indicate the vehicle was never brought in for repair.

In June, the NHTSA warned more than 300,000 owners of older model Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them until they had been repaired. These vehicles, including 2001 and 2002 Civics and Accords, were found to be extremely dangerous. In the event of a crash, these airbag inflators had a 50% chance of exploding.

More than 100 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide for defective Takata airbags. The Tokyo-based company faces billions in costs for the deadly defect.

Drivers can type in their VIN number at safercar.gov to see if their vehicle is part of the recall. Anyone who owns one of these especially high-risk vehicles will be prioritized in the recall.

“The risk of a deadly explosion in these older model vehicles is simply not worth getting behind the wheel. If you have one of these cars and still have not had it repaired, make the appointment right away and do not drive the car until it has been fixed,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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