(KPRC)The victim has been identified as Huma Hanif, 17.
Honda said Hanif was killed in Fort Bend County on March 31 when a driver’s air bag inflator ruptured in the crash of a 2002 Honda Civic.
Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputies said she rear-ended another car on FM 762 at Gonyo Road.
Deputies said in a news conference Thursday that a metal piece from the airbag cut and killed her.
They said she should have survived the crash, if not for the airbag.
“There is no doubt that the Takata air bag inside her 2002 Honda Civic failed and fired a sharp piece of jagged metal into her throat at point-blank range, from less than two feet away,” Sheriff Troy Nehls said. “Our investigation revealed that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the right neck area, which severed her jugular vein and carotid artery.
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