Takata Airbag Trial
Drivers Urge Court to Reject Honda’s Defense Request in Takata Airbag Trial
July 10, 2017
A group of Honda drivers in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) case have urged the judge in a Florida federal court to reject a defense that Honda Motor Company wishes to use in the case. The case concerns the faulty airbags manufactured by Takata and installed into Honda vehicles; Honda submitted a motion to use Takata’s guilty plea as part of its own defense.
For Honda to incorporate Takata’s guilty plea into its defense in the case would, the plaintiffs allege, serve to portray Honda as a “victim” in the eyes of the jury. Plaintiffs also suggested that such a defense would constitute “hearsay.” The plaintiffs seek damages from Honda in this particular case.
The plaintiffs in the case allege that Honda participated in a cover-up, and was in fact complicit with Takata in concealing the facts of the defective airbags from consumers’ knowledge. They assert that they have evidence that Honda was in fact aware of the airbags’ defective natures, a fact that would negate the value of Honda’s use of Takata’s own guilty plea.
The case is ongoing in the Florida court system.
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