Lawsuit filed in Harris County for death caused by Takata airbag

The family of a girl killed March 31 by a defective airbag in her car is suing the maker of the airbag, the car’s manufacturer and the dealership that sold the car.

Texas attorneys Mo Aziz and Scott Armstrong of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto and Friend are representing the parents of 17-year-old Huma Hanif who was killed on March 31 by the defective airbag system in her 2002 Honda Civic.

Nomaan Husain and Omar Khawaja of Husain Law and Associates, PC and Ali Zakaria of Ali Zakaria and Associates PC are also part of the family’s legal team. The attorneys have filed suit in Harris County against TK Holdings, Inc., American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and the dealership that sold the vehicle for the defective design, marketing, manufacturing, testing, and distribution of the vehicle and its accompanying airbag system.

On March 31 Hanif, a senior at George Ranch High school, was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Fort Bend County.

Upon impact, the ammonium nitrate in the airbag detonated, causing the inflator to fragment and metal shrapnel to be forced through the airbag. The metal fragments struck Huma in the neck, killing her.

The attorney’s claim Takata airbags are defectively designed because they use ammonium nitrate as an airbag propellant. They said ammonium nitrate is dangerously unstable and highly sensitive to temperature changes and moisture. “ammonium nitrate is the same hazardous material that destroyed Texas City in 1942 and devastated the City of West in 2013,” according to Aziz, who also serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the West Explosion Litigation.

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