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Product liability: Takata airbag causes death in West Virginia

Most people hope that the products they use will not pose them any kind of unnecessary threat. Unfortunately, some products can put users at considerable risk of injury or even death. Though recalls may be put in place once these risks are identified, those notices may come too late. As a result, individuals or families may have reason to take legal action in the form of a product liability claim.

Recent recalls regarding Takata airbags have been circulating, but unfortunately, these airbags have caused a number of deaths over the years, including in West Virginia. In fact, 19 car and truck manufacturers have participated in recalls due to the airbags. Apparently, if the airbag deploys, it can do so with excessive force and cause shrapnel to fly through the air. As a result, drivers and passengers could suffer serious injuries.

Recently, a 56-year-old state resident suffered fatal injuries as a result of such airbag deployment. The incident that resulted in the airbag deployment was considered relatively minor, but due to the issues with the airbag, the man died nonetheless. His was the 21st death that has occurred since 2009 in relation to the Takata airbags.

The family of the man killed in this West Virginia incident may wish to consider their legal options. Filing a product liability claim may help them pursue compensation for the death and other damages if they wish to do so. Information on this type of legal action may help them determine whether following this path could suit their circumstances. 

Source: newsok.com, "Death in West Virginia is 21st caused by Takata air bags", Jan. 11, 2018

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