Corona woman Delia Robles died three weeks ago when her defective air bag deployed, sending metal fragments into her body.
Her son Jose Contreras said his mother was on her way to get a flu shot when she was hit by another car at Diane Ave and Monroe St in Riverside.
"My mom was a very loving sweet person, we were going to go out to a trip to L.A. We often carpooled out there because I do work out there. She has three grandchildren and three kids. Leaves behind....a lot of family that loves her and misses her," said Contreras.
That air bag was part of the largest ever auto safety recall, but Robles didn't have it fixed.
In a statement, Honda says the Civic that Robles was driving had been the subject of multiple recalls dating back eight years, but it had never been repaired.
Robles' family says she only bought the car a year ago… and her son isn’t sure she received any of those notices.
His message to used car buyers is to stay on top of recall notices.
"Pay attention to the news and stuff like that. And be safe in general. It's tragic. Eleven cases out of 400 million in America... it's a slim chance and unfortunately my mother was one of those people," said Contreras.
One of the most heartbreaking parts of the story for Contreras is he says he drove that Honda 95% of the time.
He says he would do anything to trade spots with his mom right now.