Woman Drops Criminal Complaint Against Takata Over Airbag Injuries

A woman injured due to the rupture of a Takata Corp. airbag in a collision dropped her criminal complaint against the auto parts maker, as she apparently reached a settlement, investigative sources said Wednesday.

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

A woman injured due to the rupture of a Takata Corp. airbag in a collision dropped her criminal complaint against the auto parts maker, as she apparently reached a settlement, investigative sources said Wednesday.

The woman in her 60s, a resident of Kanagawa Prefecture, was sitting in the passenger seat of a Nissan Motor Co. X-Trail sport utility vehicle at the time of the accident last October. In the complaint accepted by police on May 30, she blamed the rupture on Takata and Nissan employees' inappropriate handling of a vehicle recall for faulty Takata airbags.

A Takata official told Kyodo News the supplier is responding to the woman "sincerely," without giving further details.

While the woman apparently has not withdrawn the complaint against Nissan, an official of the automaker said, "We are responding sincerely, including by meeting with the woman."

The Nissan vehicle collided with a truck in front and hit a nearby guardrail in Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Oct. 28. The passenger-seat airbag ruptured with too much force, causing injuries to her face and left arm, according to the police.

Nissan recalled the X-Trail and other models in May last year as part of its response to the global recall of airbag inflators made by Takata, which have been linked to more than 10 deaths abroad.

The woman took the car to a dealer in August. But there were no replacement parts at the dealer due to the massive recall.

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