Australian Driver Due to Replace Takata Airbag Two Days Before Fatal Crash
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – September 6, 2018 (theguardian.com) In a hearing August 31, lawyers told a Sydney, Australia, court that a man who died in a July 2017 car collision was supposed to have his Takata airbag replaced two days prior.*
On July 13, 2017, 58-year-old Huy Neng Ngo was involved in a “relatively minor collision” that caused his vehicle’s airbag to deploy. The Takata airbag flung metal shrapnel into the vehicle, which pierced Ngo’s neck and caused his death. He was due to have the airbag replaced on July 11, and counsel are investigating why the replacement did not take place.
Takata air bags have been the subject of the largest vehicle recall in United States history. The air bags contain a defect that can cause them to explode, particularly in hot, humid climates. The explosions can send metal shrapnel into car interiors, causing injury or death to vehicle occupants. Numerous people in the United States have died because of Takata air bag explosions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 23 deaths and more than 300 injuries can be attributed to Takata air bag explosions worldwide, and drivers in humid climates are most at risk. NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King said in the press release she was “deeply concerned” about the number of unrepaired air bags in the United States, particularly in South Florida, adding she could not “stress enough the urgency of this recall.”
To check whether your vehicle is subject to an active recall right now, you can visit the website for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. By entering your VIN in the website, you will receive information about current recalls and how to proceed to ensure your vehicle’s safety.
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