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Takata Airbag Claims The Life of Teenager from Texas

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Takata Airbag Claims The Life of Teenager from Texas

The recall of Takata air bags has been one of the largest in recent years and was recently expanded beyond 30 million vehicles

Sadly, the deaths and injuries from this dangerous product go on. We were saddened by the news of another recent tragedy involving a Takata air bag that exploded during a fender bender.

News reports said a 17-year-old senior in high school was driving when she collided with a parked car, causing her airbag to deploy.  The faulty inflator on the air bag shot shards of metal at the driver’s neck, ultimately resulting in her death.  To read the full article, click here.

Takata air bags have claimed more than 10 lives

Takata airbags use ammonium nitrate in their inflators, but in humid climates this substance can degrade, causing the metals and small parts to break down.  Takata is the only airbag company that uses this hazardous compound.  The problem is that Takata air bags are so widely used on numerous types of car that millions of vehicles are affected worldwide.

If you a driving with a Takata air bag you could be in danger, particularly in the southern states which have a more humid climate.  The death toll from these faulty air bags has already claimed about a dozen lives and many more people have been injured.

To avoid accidents like this one, check to make sure your vehicle does not have any open recalls.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA offers current updates on recent recalls.  Click here to access this webpage.  The website also offers a tool that allows users to look up their specific vehicle by its Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN.  If you find that your vehicle is in need of a repair from a recall, be sure to contact your local dealership for your automotive manufacturer in order for them to fix the problem free of charge.

The family of the deceased teenager has decided to file suit against Takata, Honda, and several other entities on the basis that they did not receive adequate notification of the recalls and warning of the dangers of these airbags.  As a car accident and wrongful death attorney with three teenage kids of my own, I am saddened to hear about this accident, and my thoughts are with the family.

If you or anyone you know has been injured in a car accident due to the fault of someone else, please contact an experienced Virginia and North Carolina personal injury lawyer.  You may be entitled to compensation.  Call the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 for your free consultation. 

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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