Teenagers drive family vehicles to school and stow their books, sports gear and whatever else they need in the car. When they want one of these things, they go to the car and expect to be able to safely retrieve it. One Ohio teen did just that, but the consequences turned tragic. Now, it’s claimed that a defective product caused his death, and the incident has received extensive media coverage across the country.
According to a recent news report, the 16-year-old went to his vehicle, a 2004 Honda Odyssey, and was leaning over a rear seat to retrieve his tennis gear when the seat flipped and trapped him in the cargo area. He was unable to free himself. He did make two emergency calls to 911 but died from chest compression injuries before first responders arrived.
Honda has said there were no recalls for seat issues on the 2004 Honda Odyssey. However, there was a seat related recall on 2011 to 2017 Honda Odysseys for a seat-related issue. The accident is still under investigation.
The unexpected loss of a child due to a defective product is devastating. A family’s thoughts at this time will be focused on final arrangements and caring for the surviving family members and loved ones. Though this is a difficult and emotional time, a family similarly affected will want to secure the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. A lawyer in Ohio can offer compassionate support and help plan the next steps with respect to any legal claims for financial relief.
Source: businessinsider.com, “A teenager died in a Honda Odyssey due to a feature the company has used in its vehicles for decades“, Mark Matousek, April 13, 2018