New York - Takata and Honda have been hit with a lawsuit over an airbag that’s linked to the death of a woman in Florida last month.
This is the latest legal issue for the two companies as they continue to recall millions of vehicles for the faulty safety component.
The family of Hien Tran filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in state court in Orange County, Florida, according to the family's lawyer, Henry Didier. Tran died on October 2, three days after her 2001 Honda Accord hit another car and the airbag exploded, the suit said.
A medical examiner in Florida told Reuters that Tran had “stab-type wounds” from airbag shrapnel that contributed to her death, which was originally investigated as a homicide due to the nature of her wounds.
“A Honda spokesman said the company had not seen the suit and could not yet comment. He said Honda encouraged owners of recalled cars to get their vehicles fixed.” A Takata spokesman declined to comment.