Florida Woman Suffers Injuries and Dies Following a 2014 Honda Car Accident and a Defective Takata Airbag
A Takata airbag that exploded in a slow speed Honda car crash caused a Florida woman to suffer severe injuries that ultimately led to her death. In 2014, Patricia Mincey was driving a 2001 Honda Civic that crashed into an SUV. She was driving at 30 mph, ran through a red light, and crashed into another car going at 20 mph. The airbags subsequently deployed and, in spite of the seatbelt she was wearing, the explosion squeezed her into the seat and crushed her spine. From an active elderly citizen, the 77-year old woman became a quadriplegic.
The accident occurred in Jacksonville, four days before the first recall of Honda vehicles in Florida and California. It brings to mind the recent Takata airbag fatality in Texas that happened barely 13 days prior to Mincey’s, where a teen died when a metal fragment of the inflator pierced her neck and carotid artery, causing her death on the scene. A Fort Worth crash lawyer knows untimely deaths, such as those in car crashes, are very shocking and tragic for the family and the car company needs to answer for that.
Ms. Mincey is now the 11th death in the US caused by a defective Takata airbag. In both cases, the cars were not speeding and the crashes would have been minor fender benders. But the force of the explosion in Ms. Mincey’s case and the pieces of metal from the airbag inflator in the Texas fatality caused the injuries and deaths. Ms. Mincey’s daughter, Kelly Sims, who has taken care of her mother since the accident happened will pursue the claims against Takata and Honda, holding them responsible for her mother’s death. Trial is scheduled for August 15 at the Duval County Circuit Court.
Back in 2014, Honda and other affected car makers issued recall notices, advising car owners to have their airbags replaced immediately to prevent injuries and possible death from exploding airbags.