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HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The family of a Michigan woman who was killed after an air bag module exploded in her SUV following a crash filed a lawsuit alleging negligence.

The complaint was filed Thursday in Houghton County Circuit Court and names Arc Automotive Inc., General Motors and Toyoda Gosei North America Corp.

It seeks a jury trial and more than $25,000 in damages.

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The lawsuit claims that pieces of the air bag inflator, steering wheel and steering column from Marlene Beaudoin’s Chevy Traverse pierced her chest, neck and head after her vehicle was struck Aug. 15, 2021 by a car in Calumet in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Police reports show that a metal inflator fragment hit her neck in the crash. Beaudoin, 39, died at a hospital.

Four of Beaudoin’s 10 children also were in the SUV.

The Associated Press left emails Friday seeking comment from Arc Automotive Inc., General Motors and Toyoda Gosei North America.

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ARC Automotive makes air bag inflators that are sold to air bag manufacturers. ARC Automotive, GM, Ford and Volkswagen were named in May in a federal class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco.

That lawsuit accuses the companies of knowingly selling vehicles containing air bag inflators that are at risk of exploding. Two deaths and at least four injuries have been linked to such explosions.

Five plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit are owners of vehicles with ARC inflators who contend the defective air bag parts were not disclosed when they made their purchases.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has been investigating ARC inflators for nearly seven years without a resolution, has estimated that 51 million such vehicles are on U.S. roads. That’s somewhere between 10% and 20% of all passenger vehicles.

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Prince William is missing his beloved grannie.

In his first public speech following the Sept. 8 death of Queen Elizabeth II, the newly anointed Prince of Wales referenced her during a United Wildlife Summit Tuesday in London.

“Our natural world is one of our greatest assets,” William said, according to People. “It is a lesson I learnt from a young age, from my father and grandfather, both committed naturalists in their own right, and also from my much-missed grandmother, who cared so much for the natural world.”

He added, “In times of loss, it is a comfort to honor those we miss through the work we do. I take great comfort then from the progress we are making to end the illegal wildlife trade.”

The Queen passed away on Sept. 8 at age 96.Getty Images

The platform, which was created by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in 2014, vows to “protect endangered species from the illegal wildlife trade. Our mission is to foster cross-sector collaboration to make it impossible for traffickers to transport, finance, or profit from illegal wildlife products.”

After the Queen’s death, the father of three released a heartfelt statement mourning the loss of the monarch.

Prince William had a close relationship with his grandmother.POOL/AFP via Getty Images

“She was by my side at my happiest moments,” it read in part. “And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.

“I thank her for the kindness she showed my family and me. And I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that was from a different age, but always relevant to us all.”

William and Kate Middleton visited Swansea, Wales, in late September.

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William and Kate Middleton visited Swansea, Wales, in late September.


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    October 4, 2022

    This wasn’t the first appearance the future heir has made since the Queen’s passing and funeral. Last week, he and the wife Kate Middleton visited Wales.

    Earlier this week, the Palace released a new portrait of William and Middleton, standing alongside King Charles III and wife, Camilla Parker Bowles. The two couples posed for the snap on Sept. 18, the night before Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.

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