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Motley Rice LLC announced Monday it filed a products liability action alleging the wrongful death of a South Carolina woman related to a Takata airbag.

On Feb. 15, 2008, Mary Lyon Wolfe, a Charleston resident, was involved in a single-car accident in Orangeburg while driving a 2002 Honda Accord that contained a now-recalled Takata airbag. She suffered deadly injuries in the crash and passed away on March 3, 2008, allegedly as a result of delayed deployment or excessive and unnecessary forces from the airbag system that caused the airbag to deploy with explosive and harmful force.

“As we stated in the complaint, a company that manufactures and sells airbags in automobiles must take all necessary steps to ensure that its products — which can literally mean the difference between life and death in an accident — function as promised and intended,” said Kevin Dean, Motley Rice catastrophic personal injury attorney. “In the case of Mrs. Wolfe, we believe that the Takata airbag in her Honda Accord ultimately caused her death. We allege that the defendants involved participated in a deadly cover-up that is just now coming to light, much too late, unfortunately, for people like Mrs. Wolfe.”

The suit includes claims of general negligence, gross negligence, reckless conduct and breach of warranty against the defendants Takata Corporation; TK Holdings, Inc.; Takata, Inc.; Highland Industries, Inc.; Honda Motor Co., Ltd.; Honda R & D Co. Ltd.; Honda of America Mfg. and American Honda Motor Co. regarding Takata’s airbags.

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