justice opened judicial information

justice opened judicial information
justice opened judicial information

Death, mutilation… The scandal of the Citroën affair is now in the hands of justice. Since May 3, 600,000 C3 and DS3 cars have been recalled throughout France due to defective airbags which, when exploding, sometimes caused the death of several people. Dramas which led to the opening of three judicial inquiries including two in Guadeloupe and one in Guyana, reports The Parisian relayed by Capital .

An explosion “without prior shock”

According to the Ile-de-France daily, the Basse-Terre prosecutor’s office was contacted after the death of a 44-year-old motorist at the wheel of her Citroën C3. According to the results of the autopsy, death was caused by “projection of a metal element from the driver’s airbag towards the victim’s head”, detailed the public prosecutor Xavier Sicot. An accident occurred “without prior shock”specifies the magistrate.

It is in this context that a first judicial investigation for “manslaughter and involuntary homicide by a legal entity” was opened in June 2023. Another investigation was subsequently opened at the Pointe-à-Pitre court after the death of three people linked to the explosion of faulty airbags. The third judicial investigation was opened in Cayenne (Guyana).

A “global impact”

Requested by The ParisianMe Guyard, a lawyer specializing in personal injury law, assured that he was aware “the first cases in 2017, notably that of a motorist hit by a motorcycle who found himself with an arm torn apart by a metal part coming from the explosion of his airbag”. For the record, these defective airbags were manufactured by the Japanese equipment manufacturer Takata, a company which filed for bankruptcy in 2017.

According to our colleagues, several dealers located in Basse-Terre and Pointe-à-Pitre are also accused of having failed in their obligations at the time of the recalls, the first of which were launched overseas several years ago. . The press is also singled out. In fact, the telephone number relayed in the media during the first callbacks was not correct according to information from the Ile-de-France daily. In other words: many tragedies could have been avoided, as Me Guyard regretted to the daily newspaper.

To find out more: read the article Parisian .

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