Takata Death Toll Rises to Eight
January 6th, 2016 | By: Walker Advertising | Posted in: From the CEO
The official death toll from potentially faulty Takata airbag inflators, which can explode with too much force and spray shrapnel into the passenger compartment, has risen to eight, according to an article in The New York Times. National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator (NHTSA) spokesperson Gordon Trowbridge said the victim was a minor traveling in a 2001 Honda Accord. That particular model had been recalled, but the vehicle had not yet been repaired, Trowbridge added.
The agency only learned of the death after the family’s attorneys reached out. The minor, who suffered severe injuries in the crash, died several days later, Trowbridge noted. More than 100 injuries have been linked to the potentially faulty airbags.
My heart goes out to the family of this most recent tragedy. What a heartbreaking way to lose a child. The death also underscores an important fact: until all of these inflators are off the road, more people may continue to die. Given the sheer size of the recall, which covers more than 19 million vehicles, there have been some issues with securing replacement parts. Some vehicles may have to be repaired multiple times.
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