The brother of a Texas teenager killed by shrapnel from an exploding Takata Corp. airbag said on Thursday that his family never received a recall notice about the defective vehicle safety device.
The brother's comments came as federal safety regulators called current methods of alerting consumers about vehicle safety recalls inadequate.
They also contradicted a statement from Honda Motor Co. that said notices to replace the airbag were sent to the owners of the 2002 Honda Civic involved in the accident in which Huma Hanif, a high school senior, was killed.
Hanif's death was the 10th in the United States linked to defective air bags made by Takata. Automakers have repaired or replaced about a quarter of the estimated 29 million defective Takata airbags recalled, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Hanif, of Richmond, Texas, died on March 31 after the 14-year-old Civic she was driving hit the rear of another vehicle at an intersection, causing the air bag to deploy. Texas officials released new details about the accident on Thursday.
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls and other officials told a news conference that Hanif, 17, should have survived the relatively minor accident that crumpled the car's hood. However, an autopsy showed that her jugular vein and carotid artery were cut by metal shrapnel from the airbag's inflator.
In a video, a sheriff's department official was shown holding a blood stained airbag. Another official displayed a jagged piece of metal identified as the object found in Hanif's neck.