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Monday, March 30, 2015

Texas Man Killed by Defective Airbag

Who is responsible for defective parts in my car?

A low-speed car accident near Houston proved fatal earlier this year. An autopsy performed on 35-year-old Carlos Solis found that a metal disc from a defective Takata airbag cut into his neck and killed him. He suffered no other serious injuries. The cause of death was listed as blunt force injuries to the neck.

Airbags are supposed to rapidly inflate to cushion drivers and passengers against the force of an accident. The defective airbags manufactured by the Japanese company Takata Corporation inflate with too much force causing them to blow apart, sending shrapnel-like pieces of metal into the passenger compartment. The company is under investigation and has been ordered to preserve evidence from recalled cars. Takata is banned from destroying or damaging recovered airbag inflators except for the purposes of testing. The company is also required to save 10 percent of the devices for testing by plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits against the company.

Solis reportedly purchased the car in 2014 from an independent car dealer in the Houston area. His vehicle was part of a 2011 recall to fix the airbag. Neither the dealer nor two prior owners had the repairs done. The Solis family is suing Honda, Takata and the dealer who sold Solis the car.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, the attorneys at Sawicki Law Firm can help. We have more than two decades of experience exclusively handling personal injury lawsuits. Call us today at (888)468-8844 for a free consultation. There is no fee unless you collect. Headquartered in Dallas, the Sawicki Law Firm represents clients throughout Texas.

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