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Honda Settles Airbag Lawsuit

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Henrico, VAAirbags are supposed to save lives, so when airbag injuries result in serious harm, or death, to vehicle occupants, people are naturally surprised. At least one airbag lawsuit recently resulted in a settlement for the family of a woman who died when her airbag exploded after a minor accident.

According to NBC 12 (2/25/13), Guddi Rathore bled to death when her airbag exploded after what was described as a minor fender bender. The explosion sent metal debris into the vehicle she was driving, cutting her neck and severing her arteries. Rathore’s family settled with Honda for $3 million, but also signed a confidentiality agreement.

Although the settlement is with Honda, a company called Takata - which supplies airbags and seatbelts - paid the settlement. Each of Rathore’s three children, who were in the car at the time of the accident, will receive $567,000 when they turn 18.

Meanwhile, airbag recalls continue to affect automobile makers. In January 2013, Toyota recalled more than 850,000 vehicles for airbag defects. Affected by the recall were 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe models, and 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla and Toyota Matrix models. According to the company, there was a defect in some of the airbags that could cause the airbag to deploy without any impact, exposing vehicle occupants to a risk of injury.

In January, Honda recalled approximately 750,000 vehicles because the airbags were missing rivets, which could potentially cause injury to the driver. Luckily, there were no injuries reported related to the two recalls, but in some cases, recalls have been announced after injuries occurred.

USA Today (2/10/13) reports that already in 2013 more than 1.5 million Honda and Toyota vehicles have been recalled due to airbag-related problems. In 2012, there were 22 separate recalls announced. The increase in recalls has been blamed on more airbags being put into cars and more sophisticated systems being used to operate the airbags.

Among the problems with defective airbags are airbags that deploy unnecessarily, airbags that do not deploy when needed or airbags that send debris flying into the cabin of the vehicle. Any one of these situations exposes the driver and passengers in vehicles to additional risk of injury and possibly death.

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I received a post card to file for a law suit but missed placed card what can I do now

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On approx. May 20,2014, air bag did not deploy when car backed into front fender.

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I have a Honda CRV 2008
Recently had a front hit to driver side fender/number
Air bags did not deploy/ seat belts jammed the heck out of me. I did get the recall bags in but wondered why they didn't deploy?? The light for air bags showed it lite up???
I have terrible back injuriy. Is this a case on Honda?? Or her insurance?

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I have received two recall notices for my Honda CRV air bags.
However, I have made calls to my Honda dealer and told that the repair parts have not arrived. This has been going on for almost six months. Where do I go, what do I do from here?

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I have received two recall notices for my Honda CRV air bags.
However, I have made calls to my Honda dealer and told that the repair parts have not arrived. This has been going on for almost six months. Where do I go, what do I do from here?

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I have a Honda Accord 2008 I've never received a letter regarding the airbag problem. A friend of mines recently shared this information with me. Should I be concern how can I find out more please advised.

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0520-2014 My Honda dealer did not have ANY info' on AIRBAG problems. ??? is my 2008 Honda Accord EX-L (built 09-07) a potential side- bag problem? Is it a case of: May go OFF when NOT needed, won't go off IF needed? Either way, I think my local Honda should have something to report. Also, the letter I received from Settlement Administer" is too complicated . Is any Honda subject to having problem in FUTURE or are you just informing folks who already have had "Reimbursable Deployment of a Side Airbag" That term is messy itself!!! Answer really appreciated. Thanks , even if I'm still unsure of anything. Chuck

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2007 Honda Accord, 30-35 MPH accident, front air bags deployed, causing permanent neck and upper back injury, burnt eyelashes and fractured rib to passenger.

Should not have deployed.

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Which Honda vehicles, I have a 2006 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck, am I safe? Thank you, Donna Adkins

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