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Channel 2 Investigates after local woman is maimed by airbag
Posted: 1:53 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
WSB-TV
Channel 2 Investigates after local woman is maimed by airbag

By Jim Strickland

WARNING: Graphic images appear in this story.

A metro Atlanta woman is speaking out about the routine fender-bender that cost her her left eye.

Brandi Brewer, of Cumming, spoke only to Channel 2's Jim Strickland about the incident that prompted a national recall by General Motors and embattled airbag supplier, Takata.

Brewer and her attorney say the recall doesn't go far enough.

"I'm one of the few people that went through this and lived through it to tell the tale," she said.

Brewer recounted an October Saturday in 2013 on northbound Georgia 400. In heavy traffic, she bumped the car in front of her.

"And when I looked around to see what had happened, there was just blood everywhere," she said.

The Takata airbag in her 2013 Chevy Cruze exploded despite minimal impact. The bag broke away, uninflated, and ended up in the back seat.

Brewer says the Forsyth County deputy who responded knew something was wrong.

"And he was like 'I've never seen anything like this happen. Just calm down. Do you have your phone with you? You're going to want to take some pictures.'"

The officer used Brewer's phone to snap a picture of her bloody face and her left eye severely injured by a piece of flying shrapnel. She lost her left eye.

Multiple surgeries later, a prosthetic hides the wound, but not the memory.

"That eye cries?" asked Strickland.

"It does," Brewer said.

"Why do you still keep that picture?

"I keep it as a reminder of what happened to me," she replied.

In a regulatory filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, General Motors said Brewer's lawsuit prompted a recall of 29,019 2013 and 14 Chevy Cruzes.

The subject cars were outfitted with the Takata SDI-X air bag inflator.

Twenty-four million Takata air bag inflators are under recall for unstable chemicals, although the root cause of the issue is unknown.

A GM spokesman told Strickland the Cruze case "was a mechanical failure."

Continues here: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/channel-2-investigates-after-local-woman-maimed-ai/njzP2/
 

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That sounds pretty gross, so I'm not going to click the link.
 

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this is the beginning NOT the end as this happened in October 2013
Indeed. Someone at the air bag company needs a bit of strangle therapy.

Where are our Dedicated Publik Servants, there are more hearings to be conducted, more jerks to be persecuted and prosecuted.
 

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Seriously, did Takata ship out claymores instead of airbags? Air bags have been around since 1975 or so and they're having trouble building ones that work
 

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She needs a picture to remind her she lost an eye?

She should check out gingko biloba. Maybe she can buy some with her settlement money?
No, the cop was smart. He knew this would lead to litigation. The photos were for evidence.
 

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My question would be, is this the only Cruze incident with the airbag? Or is there more like this story with the Chevy Cruze.
This is virtually the entire industry.
 
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