Dangerous, exploding airbags affecting every major auto manufacturer
A motion was filed Monday with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to fuse five
different class action lawsuits against a Tokyo-based airbag manufacturer, a legal news Web site
According to Austin Kirk of AboutLawsuits.com, plaintiffs involved in the five different airbag
recall lawsuits, filed against Takata Corp. in four different U.S. District Courts, asked the federal
panel to have all complaints heard by U.S. District Judge James King in the Southern District of
Florida. The legal teams claim the move will help to avoid conflicting rulings on the matter, and make
things more convenient
The judicial panel is expected to hear arguments regarding the motion in January 2015.
The court filing comes just days after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) announced the expansion of a recall for defective airbags manufactured by Takata
Corp. between June 16, 2008 and June 20, 2014, potentially affecting more than 30,000 vehicles.
As of last month, in the United States, nearly 8 million vehicles equipped with the airbags have
According to the NHTSA, a defective inflator in the recalled vehicles could cause the airbag to
overinflate and rupture. The federal agency said that, in the event of a crash, metal parts in the
airbag assembly could “separate and potentially be propelled toward the interior of the vehicle”
At least four deaths have been reported in Honda vehicles (though the recall covers nearly every
major automotive manufacturer), and more than a hundred people have been injured by the
faulty Takata Corp. airbags. The NHTSA believes vehicle owners living in humid climates, like
the Gulf States, are at a higher risk.
If you believe you have been injured by a faulty Takata airbag installed in your vehicle you
may be entitled to significant compensation for medical bills and other damages. For more
information and a free evaluation of your claim, contact Arentz Law Group, P.C. by filling out
the form on the right, or by calling 1-800-305-6000.