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Lawsuit alleges faulty airbag killed Harris County man

A Harris County man is the latest victim of faulty airbags installed on Honda vehicles, according to a lawsuit filed in late January. The lawsuit arises out of a fatal accident that occurred on January 18 on Cypresswood Drive in Houston. A 35-year-old Spring, Texas man died in the crash.

According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, the man struck another car after he failed to yield the right of way as he made a turn. The damage to the vehicles was minimal and the collision was classified as minor by investigators. But something impaled the victim's neck, causing his death. Federal authorities are investigating whether he was killed by the airbag in his car.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the man's young children and accuses Honda and the airbag manufacturer, Takata, of negligence. Takata has been blamed for five fatalities related to their airbags, which tests allegedly show inflate with explosive force, sending metal fragments into the passenger compartment. The victim's vehicle in this case was included in a product recall by Honda related to the airbag inflator. Honda alleges the repair was never completed; the victim's family alleges he never received notice of the recall.

Automakers have a duty to make reasonably safe products and can be held legally liable for defective products that result in injury or death. When a loved one is killed by an automobile design defect the victim's next of kin have the right to bring a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer and recover compensation.

Source: ABC13.com, "Deadly Houston Wreck Linked to Honda Airbag Recall?" Jan. 31, 2015

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