Takata airbag injuries kill Florida woman

Posted at 12:09 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 12:13:26-04

A Florida woman who was injured by a Takata airbag during a slow speed crash has died from her injuries. The 2014 crash left Patricia Mincey with catastrophic injuries. She died this week and her lawyer says the lawsuit against Takata and Honda will continue.

Mincey was an active retiree turned quadriplegic following the slow speed crash. The 2001 Honda Civic she was in collided with an SUV. The family blamed the woman's injuries on an exploding Takata air bag.

The crash happened four days before the initial recall involving Honda vehicles in Florida and California.

Her attorney, Palm Beach Gardens attorney Theodore J. Leopold of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, released the following statement:

“We are immensely saddened by the death of Patricia Mincey, who suffered grave injuries when the Takata airbag in her Honda vehicle violently deployed in a minor accident. For two years, Ms. Mincey suffered from her severe injuries caused by the aggressive airbag deployment.  We extend our deepest sympathies to Ms. Mincey’s daughter, Kelly Sims, who devoted herself to her mother’s daily care following the airbag incident. Kelly’s grief and pain on the loss of her mother are beyond any words we can express. Takata’s conduct went from tragic to catastrophic by causing Ms. Mincey untimely death. The Mincey v. Takata trial remains scheduled for August and Ms. Sims will now be entitled to pursue her own claims to hold Takata responsible for the death of her mother."

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