Fatal penetrating neck injury due to defective airbag inflator

Shatishraj Jothee, Mohamed Swarhib Shafie, Faridah Mohd. Nor

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Abstract

We present a case of a fatal motor vehicle collision of a 22-year-old car driver, who died at the scene after losing control of his car, and subsequently collided with a tree by the roadside. The subsequent autopsy revealed penetrating injuries on the neck, severing the larynx, carotid artery, jugular vein and fracturing the cervical vertebrae. Internal examination showed the offending material to be a semi-cylindrical metal fragment, which had lodged within the paravertebral muscle. Examination of the car with the authorities found that the metal fragment originated from a defective airbag booster cannister, which shattered upon deployment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e4-e7
JournalForensic Science International
Volume291
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

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Metalloids
Air Bags
Neck Injuries
Cervical Vertebrae
Jugular Veins
Motor Vehicles
Larynx
Carotid Arteries
Autopsy
Metals
Muscles

Keywords

  • Airbag
  • Forensics
  • Metal fragment
  • Motor-vehicle fatality
  • Penetrating neck injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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Fatal penetrating neck injury due to defective airbag inflator. / Jothee, Shatishraj; Shafie, Mohamed Swarhib; Mohd. Nor, Faridah.

In: Forensic Science International, Vol. 291, 01.10.2018, p. e4-e7.

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Jothee, Shatishraj ; Shafie, Mohamed Swarhib ; Mohd. Nor, Faridah. / Fatal penetrating neck injury due to defective airbag inflator. In: Forensic Science International. 2018 ; Vol. 291. pp. e4-e7.
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