Florida Woman Files Takata Airbag Injury LawsuitJanuary 26, 2015
A Jacksonville, Florida, woman has filed a Takata airbag injury lawsuit against the airbag manufacturer and the Honda Motor Corporation. Ms. Pamela Mincey, 76, alleges in her Takata airbag injury lawsuit that both Honda and Takata kept information about the dangers of the explosive airbags hidden from the public for more than ten years. Ms. Mincey claims that she was paralyzed after the driver-side airbag in her 2001 Honda Civic exploded.
Details of Takata Airbag Injury Lawsuit
The accident that prompted the Takata airbag injury lawsuit occurred in June 2014. According to an accident report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Ms. Mincey ran a red light at 20 miles per hour. Her 2001 Honda Civic struck a sport utility vehicle in the intersection, causing the SUV to land on its roof. The airbags reportedly inflated with such speed and force, the impact from their inflation injured Ms. Mincey’s neck. The impact from the airbags left Ms. Mincey a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down. She and her attorney have not disclosed the damages they are seeking in their Takata airbag injury lawsuit.
Takata Airbag Injury Lawsuit Not Connected To Recall
Ms. Mincey’s Takata airbag injury lawsuit did not mention the more infamous problems with the defective airbags. Several drivers have been injured, including five fatalities, due to fling metal and plastic shards from the exploding airbag assemblies. Other drivers and their families have joined in class-action Takata airbag injury lawsuits against the company related to these issues.
More Takata Airbag Injury Lawsuits to Come?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that more than 1,700 injuries could be attributed to the exploding Takata airbags. The number of potential cases, plus the widespread use of Takata airbags in the auto industry, could lead to more Takata airbag injury lawsuits. Honda, one of the defendants in Ms. Mincey’s Takata airbag injury lawsuit, carried the defective airbags in 6 million of its vehicles. The automaker has recalled nearly half of the affected vehicles to replace the inflation system.
Automakers Try to Avoid Takata Airbag Injury Lawsuits
Although Honda was one of Takata’s biggest customers, other automakers have already taken steps to avoid becoming the targets of future Takata airbag injury lawsuits. The design flaw affects more than 11 million vehicles across the country from a wide range of automakers, including Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Nissan, Toyota and Subaru. Most of these manufacturers have issued nationwide recalls on the affected vehicles, despite early evidence that the design flaw was only evident in areas with humid climates.
Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Know Your Rights in a Takata Airbag Injury Lawsuit
To find out how we can help you with a Takata airbag injury lawsuit, contact us today at 877-892-2797. Our friendly staff will ask a few questions about your case and connect you to a Takata airbag injury lawsuit attorney. You can also fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form at the top of this page.