On Wednesday, June 1st, during a news conference with Sen. Bill Nelson, our client Tiffany Vu spoke with the media about a fender-bender she was in that ended with doctors removing shards of metal from her body at a hospital due to a faulty Takata airbag.
On or about April 14, 2016, Tiffany Vu, 27 years old from Tampa Florida, was driving her 2004 Honda Accord and was traveling through an intersection. The vehicle in front of her suddenly stopped, causing her to strike the back of the vehicle and subsequently crashing into a pole. When her airbag deployed, Ms. Vu sustained shrapnel injuries to her face, right arm and left hand. Pieces of metal are still embedded in her hand. Tiffany Vu is currently the Florida champion in weightlifting and is an Olympic hopeful. The remaining shrapnel in her hand has greatly curtailed her training and has put her career in weightlifting and competitions on hold.
During the press conference, Sen. Bill Nelson also released a report by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee which stated that some new 2016 and 2017 vehicle models from Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen have a type of inflator that is prone to rupture and presents a potential danger to drivers and passengers. At least 11 deaths worldwide are related to the defect.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified Florida as a priority region for Takata recalls.