A settlement has been reached between all Defendants and the Texas parents who filed a product liability suit in April alleging their daughter was the 12th person to die as a result of a deployed Takata air bag sending shrapnel into her body. The family of 17-year-old Huma Hanif and defendants TK Holdings Inc. and American Honda Motor Co Inc., agreed to the settlement. The settlement was reported last month by State District Court Judge Dan Hinde. The terms of the settlement are confidential.
The lawsuit was filed about a month after the youngster died on March 31 in Fort Bend County, Texas, as a result of a low-speed collision in her 2002 Honda Civic. The car in front of her, driven by one of the named Defendants, Samantha Iona Martin, came to a sudden stop, causing Hanif to rear-end the vehicle and her Civic’s air bags to deploy. Hanif stepped outside her car after the crash, clutched her neck where shrapnel entered her body, then collapsed on the pavement and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suit alleged negligence, gross negligence, breach of warranty and failure to warn. The family named as Defendants Honda, Takata, Martin, the dealership that sold the used car, Westside Hummer, and Discount Lube and Tune, an auto shop that inspected the car last year.
The family is represented by Muhammad Suleiman Aziz and Scott P. Armstrong of Abraham Watkins Nichols Sorrels Agosto & Friend, by Nomaan Husain and Omar Khawaja of Husain Law & Associates PC and by Mohammed “Ali” Zakaria of M. Ali Zakaria & Associates PC. The case is Muhammad Hanif et al. v. TK Holdings et al. in the 269th District Court in Harris County, Texas.