Actor’s Girlfriend Killed by Defective Takata Airbag
Actor’s Girlfriend Killed by Defective Takata Airbag

The former girlfriend of actor Scott Eastwood was killed by a defective Takata airbag. Eastwood, who recently starred in Suicide Squad, says that his girlfriend, 26-year-old Jewel Brangman, was driving her 2001 Honda Civic from San Diego to Los Angeles when she rear-ended a van. According to Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Brangman was killed when the airbag inflated with too much force and sprayed shrapnel at her.

The fatal accident happened in September of 2014. The vehicle, which had been recalled due to to the faulty Takata airbags, was a rental. Brangman’s father filed a wrongful death lawsuit after her death, citing Honda, Takata and the rental car company, Sunset Car Rental of San Diego. At the time, Brangman was the eighth person to die from a defective Takata airbag. There have since been three more deaths linked to the issue.

The Civic Brangman was driving is one of the 30,000 vehicles the NHTSA has cited as high risk for exploding airbags. If you drive one of these vehicles, you should not drive it until the airbags have been replaced by the dealer.

“This woman’s senseless death is just heartbreaking. A rental car company should never rent out vehicles that have been recalled and haven’t been repaired,” 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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