Lawsuit filed against airbag company, Honda in Charleston woman's death

Lawsuit filed against airbag company, Honda in Charleston woman's death

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Honda and Takata, an auto parts company based in Japan, have been named as defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit involving a car crash that killed a Charleston woman.

Attorneys at Motley Rice announced on Monday that they have filed a products liability action alleging the wrongful death of Mary Lyon Wolfe involving a Takata airbag.

According to a Motley Rice press release, on Feb. 15, 2008, Wolfe was involved in a single car accident in Orangeburg while driving a 2002 Honda Accord that contained a now-recalled Takata airbag.

Attorneys say Wolfe suffered deadly injuries in the crash and passed away on March 3, 2008, allegedly as a result of delayed deployment and/or excessive and unnecessary forces from the airbag system that caused the airbag to deploy with explosive and harmful force. 

"As we stated in the complaint, a company that manufactures and sells airbags in automobiles must take all necessary steps to ensure that its products—which can literally mean the difference between life and death in an accident—function as promised and intended," said Kevin Dean, Motley Rice catastrophic personal injury attorney. "In the case of Mrs. Wolfe, we believe that the Takata airbag in her Honda Accord ultimately caused her death. We allege that the defendants involved participated in a deadly cover-up that is just now coming to light, much too late, unfortunately, for people like Mrs. Wolfe."

According to Motley Rice attorneys, it wasn't until November 2012 that Wolfe's family received a letter from Honda notifying them that her 2002 Honda Accord was subject to a safety recall for the Takata airbag.

The suit includes claims of general negligence, gross negligence, reckless conduct and breach of warranty against several defendants including Honda Motor Co. and Takata Corporation. 

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