The first known lawsuit in federal court over a death linked to Takata Corp.’s recalls has been filed by the brother of a South Carolina woman who died after her air bag deployed during an automobile accident in 2008.
Mary Lynn Wolfe, 57, was driving her 2002 Honda Accord in Orangeburg, S.C., when she veered off the roadway, hitting a mailbox and a tree, according to the suit, filed on Friday in the U.S. District Court for South Carolina. She died 18 days later at a hospital after suffering respiratory failure, liver problems, brain injuries and spinal fractures. The air bag deployed with “excessive force,” the lawsuit alleges.
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