Car Explosion After Possible Faulty Airbag Malfunction
A woman has suffered multiple broken bones after her car’s airbags reportedly deployed while driving, causing her to crash.
The 20-year-old Gold Coast Woman was returning to her Tamborine home early this morning when she claims the safety devices went off.
The P-plater then lost control in a 50 kilometre-an-hour zone just metres from her house and slammed head-on into a light post.
She was taken to Logan Hospital with a broken collarbone and suspected broken foot.
The woman’s stepfather, who was on the scene, told 10 News First they’d investigate whether the vehicle’s airbags deployed prematurely.
Globally, thousands of late model cars fitted with Takata airbags have been recalled due to a fault that can cause them to misfire.
To date, there have been 24 reported deaths, and nearly 270 injuries around the world linked to the faulty components.
The Hyundai i20 the woman was driving isn’t on the international recall list.
Her car is now a burnt out wreck after it caught fire just minutes after the initial crash, while still sitting atop the live light pole.
Two fire crews used high-pressure foam to douse the flaming wreck, as Energex technicians worked to cut power to the site.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services lieutenant Danny Edser told 10 News First that live electricity stopped rural crews from attacking the blaze.
“Water and foam don’t go together, so it’s very dangerous for us, so we’ve got to make sure the situation’s safe for us to get close enough to operate safely with our crews,” he said.
Queensland Police are investigating.
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