Honda and Takata have been in the news a lot in the last year for the numerous recalls issued by the two companies. Now, an elderly woman from Jacksonville has filed a lawsuit against both companies, claiming that an accident caused by a defective Takata air bag in her Honda Civic left her quadriplegic.
The accident occurred last June near Collins and Rampart roads in Jacksonville. The victim, 76-year-old Patricia Mincey, was driving her 2001 Honda Civic at the time, but when the accident occurred the airbag deployed too late before exploding violently. Mincey ran a red light at the time of the accident, according to information from various sources, but Takata and Honda could still be liable for having a defective product in the vehicle,
This is just the latest in a long line of incidents connected to Takata airbags. The company has been accused of knowingly allowing defective airbags to be used in various vehicles and not following proper recall protocol. The airbags, when defective, allegedly have the potential to explode and send shrapnel flying into the faces of drivers and passengers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been issuing numerous recalls from companies that have used Takata airbags within the last 15 years. Honda was the subject of a $70 million fine by the agency after allegations that the company failed to report injuries and deaths in 1,729 cases related to Takata airbag defects.
There have been other lawsuits filed in Jacksonville’s federal courts related to the Honda and Takata recalls, and the courts will soon decide whether they will combine them into a federal class-action lawsuit.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to defective airbags from Takata or any other automotive defect, work with a skilled Jacksonville personal injury attorney to determine your best options moving forward.
Attorney Mark Link contributed to this post.