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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Houston teenager is the tenth person nationwide to die as a result of an faulty Takata airbag.
According to reports, 17-year-old Huma Hanif was involved in an accident when the airbag in her car exploded.
“She had a deep laceration on the side of her throat,” says Rudy Torres, who saw the accident happen.
Hanif was driving in her hometown of Richmond, just outside of Houston when her 2002 Honda Civic rear ended another car, setting off the airbag.
“Her death was tied to a rupture of the Takata airbag inflator,” says Bryan Thomas, a spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Over time the airbags deteriorate, and during a crash the propellants inside can push shrapnel out instead of forcing out the airbag. That shrapnel can then hit the driver.
Investigators say the crash was moderate, and Hanif would have walked away with few or no injuries if not for that airbag.
Since last year Honda has been recalling several models of its cars that have Takata airbags in them. Hanif’s loved ones don’t think the company is doing enough.
“They should definitely be trying harder to get those cars back,” says Hanif’s friend Alicia Trevino.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says you can go to their website to find out if your car is one of the models impacted by Honda’s recall. If it is, you’re able to take the car to a dealership and have it fixed free of charge.
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