Takata/Honda Airbag Lawsuit
Car Makers Pay $553 Million to Settle Takata Airbag Allegations
June 12, 2017
Giant auto makers BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota have agreed to pay a combined $553 million to settle allegations concerning defective airbags manufactured by Takata. The huge settlement is earmarked for expediting the removal of defective airbag inflaters from nearly 16 million vehicles, for compensating customers, and for a customer-support program.
The corporations reached the settlement in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) currently pending.
BMW will pay $131 million to cover the costs associated with 2.3 million of its affected vehicles; Mazda will pay $75.8 million to cover 1.7 million of its affected vehicles; Subaru will pay $68.2 million to cover 2.6 million of its affected vehicles; and Toyota will pay more than $278 million to cover 9 million of its affected vehicles.
Defective Takata airbags can misfire, blasting dangerous chemicals and/or shrapnel at drivers and passengers. The case made worldwide headlines.
Owners of cars made by these four manufacturers are urged to visit the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
to check if their vehicles have been recalled under the terms of the settlement.
The Takata airbag recall is the largest automotive recall in American history. These four automakers are the first to reach settlements in the pending MDL. Ford, Nissan, and Honda are also involved in the case but have yet to reach a settlement.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a malfunctioning airbag, contact the expert attorneys of TheLawFirm.com. We can help.
June 2, 2017
The extensive case against airbag manufacturer Takata has just gotten a little more complicated as a result of a decision in a Miami court.
On June 1, U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno dismissed 11 claims against Takata and automaker Honda that had been filed over the potentially explosive airbags that have made so many headlines. The claims dismissed by Judge Moreno in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) concern negligence, negligent failure to recall, and unjust enrichment. He declined to toss a claim for fraudulent concealment, however.
The claims in the MDL have been filed on behalf of many car owners who assert that the Takata airbags are prone to explosion. The claims link the explosiveness of the airbags with the volatile ammonium nitrate that inflates the bags. The claims further assert that, especially in humid conditions, the airbags can propel chemicals and shrapnel at passengers, thus causing injury or harm. The claims attribute at least 11 deaths and 139 injuries to Takata’s airbags.
Despite the dismissals, Judge Moreno preserved the claims that Takata and Honda conspired to conceal the defective airbags while conducting their own investigation into the matter.
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