The family of an Texas teenager is suing Honda and a Honda dealership after a faulty airbag left the teen scarred physically and emotionally, FOX 4 News reports.
Courtnie Giddens was involved in a car accident in May 2014 that caused the Takata airbag in her Honda Accord to deploy.
"It’s kind of like a like a big huge explosion in your face. Like a bomb just went off," she told the station. "I remember the hard hit I had against my seat. Next thing I remember, I was soaking wet. I didn’t understand why till I looked down and there was blood just everywhere."
The family says the accident happened after they received a recall notice for the Takata airbag. They went to the dealership to try to get it replaced but were told to come back the next day because the dealership did not have the part.
"They were assured that there would be no problem. That this was a problem that affected very few vehicles,” J. Mark Sudderth, the family’s attorney. "And as long as she kept her seatbelt on, she would be safe in any event.”
But the next day would be too late.
That very night, Courtnie was in a chain reaction accident the caused the airbag to open. The accident sent pieces of the airbag inflator into Courtnie’s nose and chest.
The lawsuit claims negligence and cites a failure to repair the vehicle and air bag as promised and scheduled, informing the plaintiff and her family the vehicle was safe to drive when they should have known it was not, and failing to provide the plaintiff with alternative transportation pending repairs.
"Our primary claim in the case is strict product liability because this product was defective," explained Sudderth.
Takata is seeking to have the lawsuit thrown out saying under international law, the Japanese company wasn't served properly.
Honda blames Courtnie and said the accident was her fault.
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