Deaths linked to faulty Takata air bags: Who are the victims?

An airbag logo is seen on a dashboard of a Honda Motor Co's car. More than 11 million vehicles in the United States and 17 million globally have been recalled for the potentially defective Takata air bags. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
An airbag logo is seen on a dashboard of a Honda Motor Co's car. More than 11 million vehicles in the United States and 17 million globally have been recalled for the potentially defective Takata air bags. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

There have been a total of five fatalities in the United States and Malaysia linked to faulty Takata air bag inflators. Here is a list of the victims:

1. Ashley Parham, 18, in Oklahoma (Car: 2001 Honda Accord)

Parham was killed in a minor parking lot accident in 2009 while she was picking up her brother at a high school. She suffered a gaping cut to her neck from shrapnel shot from the car's air bag.

2. Gurjit Rathore, 33, in Virginia (Car: 2001 Honda Accord)

The mother of three died in 2009 in an accident involving a mail truck. Her family alleged that the air bag exploded in her face, severing arteries in her neck and causing her to bleed to death.

3. Devin Xu, 47, in Rosemead, California (Car: 2002 Acura TL)

Xu was killed while driving in a parking lot in 2013. The coroner's report cited "facial trauma due to foreign object inside airbag" as the cause of death.

4. Law Suk Leh, 43 in Borneo, Malaysia (Car: 2003 Honda City Law)

The Malaysian woman who was in her final week of pregnancy was killed by exploding shrapnel in July 2014, after hitting another car on the island of Borneo. The post-mortem report showed she died from a "severe puncture wound on the neck." The foetus also died.

5. Hien Tran, 51, in Orlando (Car: 2001 Honda Accord)

Tran died in October 2014 after her car was caught in an accident in late September. Shards from the ruptured Takata-made air bag killed her, according to her autopsy report, which cited plastic and metal fragments throughout the driver compartment.