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Honda settles over faulty airbag that took a mother's life

A mother was with her three young children when a faulty airbag exploded and took her life. She bled to death in the car as her kids sat nearby. The reason for the deployment of the airbag was a minor collision with a mail truck that had pulled out in front of the mother's 2001 Honda Accord.

The family decided to sue the auto maker over the tragedy, claiming that a defective airbag led to the woman's death. In fact, it was shown that the type of airbag in these Hondas is deploying with so much force that the steering wheel is destroyed, throwing pieces of metal at the driver.

The accident that led to this woman's death took place in Virginia, but Montanans in Bozeman and throughout the state need to be aware of the risk. Crash test video of the type of vehicle in question shows what an airbag is supposed to look like after a collision. The bag is supposed to remain intact, but a faulty deployment of the airbag leaves it destroyed.

In the lawsuit filed by the deceased woman's family, Honda settled for $3 million. But another company called Takata, which manufactured the airbag, actually made the payout. The United States government will also pay $500,000 for the role of the mail truck in the woman's death.

Defective airbags have been a consistent problem for Honda. Two million vehicles with faulty airbags have been recalled by the auto giant since 2008. If Montana residents believe they have been injured by one these defective auto parts, then consulting with a personal injury attorney would be a step in the direction toward justice.

Source:, "12 Investigates: Honda airbag settlement," Rachel DePompa, Feb. 25, 2013

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