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Defective Design: Mazda Airbags Cause Severe Injuries

Harris County, Texas: On December 19, 1999 a driver failed to yield the right of way and collided with Angela Brown as she was pulling out from a private drive in her 1995 Mazda 626. Plaintiffs claimed that Ms. Brown’s airbag deployed in this very low speed collision and fractured/subluxed her cervical spine. After the accident, Ms. Brown was taken to a nearby hospital. Plaintiffs claimed that she was treated and released with a broken neck. Subsequently, she saw a chiropractor for continuing neck pain and was rendered quadriplegic approximately two weeks after the initial incident.

Wigington Rumley Dunn & Blair LLP filed suit contending that the Mazda restraint system, the airbags and their component parts, were defective in design and unreasonably dangerous, thus a producing cause of the injuries to the Plaintiffs. This case settled for a confidential sum.