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Airbags under investigation in deadly Southington crash

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This crash claimed the lives of 16-year-old Annmarie "Annie" Olender and 14-year-old Olivia Fusco. (Bryan Lipiner/Record-Journal) This crash claimed the lives of 16-year-old Annmarie "Annie" Olender and 14-year-old Olivia Fusco. (Bryan Lipiner/Record-Journal)
SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Eyewitness News has learned that the airbags didn’t deploy during a horrific car crash that took the lives of two Southington teenage girls.

Multiple complaints have been filed from drivers and family members of this specific car.

Police said Tuesday’s crash on Interstate 84 east just before exit 32 took the lives of 16-year-old Annmarie "Annie" Olender and 14-year-old Olivia Fusco.
Olender was driving her parent's car, which was a 2006 Hyundai Accent, when she crashed. She only had a driver’s permit.

The Record Journal was able to get photos of the crash. 

Annmarie’s mother Angelina Olender talked with Eyewitness News on Wednesday. 

“She was an angel. I lost my little girl. She was my little girl,” Angelina Olender said.

Angelina Olender told Eyewitness News the airbags never deployed. It's something that's also mentioned in the accident report.

Olender also said there were no warning lights on either.

“If your light is not illuminated, the airbag system should work and should work the way it was designed,” said Mike Hamelin with Hamelin and Sons Autocare.

Hamelin explained what that means to Eyewitness News.

“If the light is on, in most the airbag system will not work at all and it's there to tell you there is a problem,” Hamelin said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 36 people have filed complaints on the 2006 Hyundai Accent.   Half of those complaints are because of the airbag system.

Many said their airbag light is on and won't turn off.

Two complaints stemmed from airbags not deploying when in an accident. One person died.

While Eyewitness News doesn’t know if the airbags not deploying played a role, it's something state police are investigating. The accident report said the car was damaged head on and on the left side.

“Most airbag systems work over 30 mph and if it had a sudden impact of 30mph higher in the front of the car - the front airbag should go off,” Hamelin said.

Eyewitness News called Hyundai and they said “if you have a compliant about your vehicle, you can go on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website or contact the manufacturer.

For more information, click here.

GoFundMe pages have been set up for both girls.

For Annie Olender's page, click here.

For Olivia Fusco's page, click here.

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