Lawsuit Against Honda And Takata Alleges Defective Airbag Caused Driver's Gruesome Death

Mar 05, 2015, 13:26 ET from Perdue & Kidd

HOUSTON, March 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Houston product liability law firm Perdue & Kidd, LLP filed a lawsuit against Honda Motor Co. and Takata Corporation yesterday claiming the airbag in Carlos Solis's Honda Accord was defective and killed him after deploying in a minor collision.  At least six fatalities and more than 100 injuries have been linked to Takata airbags. 

On January 18, 2015, Carlos Solis, IV was driving a 2002 Honda Accord in Spring, Texas when he was involved in a minor wreck with another car. The driver side airbag engaged and inflated in the collision. A large piece of metal from the airbag inflator exploded through the airbag. The shrapnel entered Solis's neck, severed his carotid artery and jugular vein, fractured his windpipe, and lodged in his shoulder and cervical spine. The lawsuit details these findings from the autopsy by the Harris County Medical Examiner, who retrieved the metal disc from the body and described it as "foreign object (air bag inflator component)." The metal went so deep no one responding at the scene could see or feel it.  Scott Solis, the brother of Carlos, came and attempted to apply pressure to the wound and comfort his brother as he bled and eventually died.

Nicole Solis, Solis's widow and administrator of Solis's estate, is suing both Takata Corporation and Honda Motor Co. for the allegedly defective airbag. The lawsuit alleges that Honda and Takata have known about exploding air bag inflators and resulting injuries and deaths for over a decade. The filing claims that Honda and Takata knowingly chose ammonium nitrate, the same highly explosive chemical used in the Oklahoma City bombing, to inflate their airbags.

"No other airbag manufacturer uses this chemical. Honda and Takata put a ticking bomb inside these vehicles and just waited to see how many would go off," said attorney Jim M. Perdue, Jr.  Honda and Takata allegedly became aware of explosive events in Honda vehicles as early as 2004. After testing, Honda and Takata allegedly ignored or hid the test results, and delayed recall efforts for the rest of the decade.

Solis's car was bought used in 2014 at a Houston area car dealer. While the car had been recalled in late 2011, it had never been repaired. Solis never received any notice of any need for repairs.

This is one of many lawsuits filed against Honda and Takata over their defective airbags. The lawsuit related to Carlos Solis's death has been filed in Harris County, Texas.

Nicole Solis, Carlos Solis's estate, and Scott Solis are represented by Jim M. Perdue, Jr. and Donald Kidd of Perdue & Kidd, LLP in Houston, Texas.

Perdue & Kidd is a national law firm of Personal Injury and Drug Injury Trial Lawyers.  The firm represents individuals and businesses across the country who have been harmed personally and financially injured.  Perdue & Kidd, LLP is based in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit or call 713-520-2500.


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