Friday, October 28, 2016

California woman driving a 2001 Honda Civic killed after her airbag inflator exploded.

NHTSA has failed to protect the public, ignored complaints and allowed vehicle deaths to continue.  

We will never know for certain how many were killed by EXPLODING TAKATA AIRBAGS because the deaths mimic crimes.....who knew? 

Stephanie Erdman of Florida, who suffered severe injuries in September 2013 when a Takata Corp. air bag exploded in her Honda Civic, testifies before the Senate transportation committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. | BLOOMBERG

Reported Takata Airbag Bomb Victims

Not less than seven deaths and close to 200 injuries have been linked to airbags explosion, while safety experts believe there might be thousands of unreported cases all over the world. Find below few examples of victims of safety device, which turned to hidden bombs in automobiles
Scene of accident resulting from an airbag explosion
Scene of accident resulting from an airbag explosion
Ashley Parham, 18, in Oklahoma City: This victim, who was driving a 2001 Honda Accord, was killed in a minor parking lot accident in 2009 while picking up her brother at school. Parham suffered a gaping cut to her neck from shrapnel shot from the car’s air bag.
Gurjit Rathore, 33-year-old Virginia mother of three died in a 2001 Honda Accord. Rathore died in 2009 in an accident involving a mail truck. Her family alleged that the air bag exploded in her face, severing arteries in her neck and causing her to bleed to death.
Devin Xu, a 47-year-old man from Rosemead, Calif: Another victim who was killed in 2013 while driving a 2002 Acura TL sedan in a parking lot in 2013. The coroner’s report cited “facial trauma due to foreign object inside airbag” as the cause of death.
Law Suk Leh, a 43-year-old: A Malaysian woman, this victim was in her final week of pregnancy, when, while driving her 2003 Honda Civic, was killed by exploding shrapnel.  The sad incident occurred in July of 2014, after hitting another car on the island of Borneo. The post mortem report showed she died from a “severe puncture wound on the neck.”
When 18-year-old Ashley Parham had a minor car-park crash in a 2001 Honda Accord Sedan like this one, the driver's side airbag inflater exploded sniffed life out of her
When 18-year-old Ashley Parham had a minor car-park crash in a 2001 Honda Accord Sedan like this one, the driver’s side airbag inflater exploded sniffed life out of her
Hien Tran, a 51-year-old Orlando woman, Driving a 2001 Honda Accord, Tran died in October 2014 after her car was in an accident in late September. Shards from the ruptured Takata-made air bag killed her, according to her autopsy report, which cited plastic and metal fragments throughout the car’s driver compartment.
Ashley Parham - RIP
Ashley Parham – RIP
Unnamed victim: On April 27, 2015, Sen Bill Nelson, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology reported that Takata has informed him of a sixth death caused by ruptured air bags, but neither Takata nor Nelson identified the victim.
Rich Newsome, an attorney representing seven victims of faulty Takata air bags, including Corey Burdick, a Florida man disfigured and blinded in one eye by shrapnel from an exploding air bag in May, called recent public outcry and government reactions that followed as a victory for consumer protection.
But, he added: “Today’s expanded recall is already too little, too late for people who died or injured and their families. Hopefully today’s news will push the agenda for recall reform to the forefront and result in legislation that will help NHTSA identify these kinds of defects before regular families with defective cars are needlessly harmed in the future.”

Ashley Parham - killed by an airbag explosion from a 2001 Honda Accord


California woman driving a 2001 Honda Civic killed after her airbag inflator exploded.

By David A. Wood

 — Another Takata airbag-related death has been announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after a 50-year-old Honda Civic driver was killed by the airbag.
Takata airbags have killed at least 15 people worldwide and injured more than 140 due to metal inflators inside the airbags that rupture and turn into live grenades. Scientists determined the explosive chemical ammonium nitrate can become unstable due to heat, humidity and moisture, causing the metal inflators to turn into shrapnel.
The California woman was driving a 2001 Honda Civic in Riverside County on September 30, 2016, when the Takata airbag inflator exploded in the crash. NHTSA and Honda investigated the circumstances of the crash and concluded the driver-side airbag was first recalled in 2008 but had never been repaired.
Honda says its records show the registered owners of the Honda Civic were mailed recall notices at least 20 times since 2008.
NHTSA didn't name the woman or provide additional details about the crash, but Honda says the 2001 Civic involved in her death was one of 313,000 Honda and Acura vehicles included in an urgent message NHTSA released in June when the safety agency told owners to park the cars or get the airbags repaired.
At that time, safety regulators said there was no reason for owners to wait for repairs because Honda assured the government that plenty of replacement airbag inflators were available.
The concern was high because all the specific inflators used in the 313,000 vehicles had been recalled between 2008 and 2011 but had never been replaced. NHTSA also said that based on test results, those specific inflators were 50 percent more likely to rupture in a crash compared to other inflators.
NHTSA says about 70 million Takata airbag inflators will be recalled in the U.S. by 2019 and as of October 7, 2016, about 11.5 million airbags have been repaired. Those 70 million inflators are in vehicles from multiple manufacturers, with Honda leading the way with the most affected vehicles.
The automaker says about 53.5 percent of the driver-side airbags and 37 percent of passenger-side airbags have been fixed.
Honda recently said it was "disappointed and troubled" by Takata's lies after Honda uncovered data showing the airbag manufacturer falsified and manipulated inflator tests that were supplied to the automaker.
Honda found "several instances" where Takata manipulated test data for the sole purpose of making the airbag inflators appear safe when they weren't.

Eighth Takata airbag victim, Jewel Brangman, killed in a rented 2001 Honda Civic.

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 — Honda has confirmed an eighth death caused by metal shrapnel from an exploding Takata airbag. Jewel Brangman, 26, was driving a rented 2001 Honda Civic on September 7, 2014, when the Civic was involved in an accident in Los Angeles County.
The accident caused the driver-side airbag to explode and Brangman to die from a laceration to the left side of her neck and a severe brain injury.
The 2001 Honda Civic, owned by Sunset Car Rental LLC, of San Diego, had been previously recalled to repair the airbags, but the repairs were never made.