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7th death blamed on faulty Takata air bag

The list of vehicles affected by the recall over faulty Takata vehicle crash air bags continues to expand. Sadly, so does the count of victims killed or injured as a result of defective inflator mechanisms. This is something Texas residents hopefully staying on top of.

Honda U.S. officials say the latest fatality attributed to an air bag mishap is a 22-year-old woman. They say she was driving one early morning in April when she crashed her 2005 Honda Civic into a utility pole. A lawsuit filed last week by the woman's family says the driver-side Takata air bag exploded so violently on impact that it sent pieces of metal flying into the car. One slashed her carotid artery. She died four days later.

The carmaker has concluded that the air bag rupture was to blame for the death and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affirms that a defective inflator likely was involved. Honda and Takata are both named as defendants in the family's wrongful death suit.

As of the date of this post, seven deaths have been attributed to defective air bag inflators and hundreds of people around the world have been injured. That history and uncertainty about exactly what causes the inflators to go bad has prompted a product recall affecting tens of millions of cars, trucks and SUVs in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Indeed, Toyota announced this week that it has added nearly a million and a-half more vehicles across a range of its models to the list. Those added include 2003 to 2007 Corolla and Matrixes, 2005 and 2006 Tundra pickups, Sequoia SUVs built from 2005 to 2007 and Lexus SC430 convertibles built from 2003 to 2007.

Anyone who wonders if they have a vehicle covered by the recall should get in touch with the dealer nearest them to learn more. If you or a loved one are injured by a defective air bag, you should be in touch with an experienced attorney.

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