Takata Corp. and American Honda Motor Co. were hit recently with a wrongful death suit by the family of a Malaysian woman, and her unborn child killed by shrapnel from an exploding Takata air bag in multidistrict litigation over the defective airbags.
The suit is believed to be the first wrongful death federal action filed in the United States on behalf of a victim of a crash outside the country. The woman filed suit in the U.S. because the defective metal airbag inflator was made in Georgia by its U.S. subsidiary TK Holdings Inc., according to the complaint.
However, more than 100 plaintiffs have filed claims against Takata and others in multi-district litigation, consolidated in Florida, over the defective airbags.
In January, Carlos Solis was driving a 2002 Honda Accord in Houston when he was involved in a low-impact crash. Solis’s air bag deployed, embedding pieces of the air bag inflator in his neck and severing his jugular, killing him before the authorities arrived.
More than 18 million vehicles with Takata air bags have been recalled worldwide because of a defect that causes the air bags to explode in humid conditions, with most of those recalls coming in the past year. On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Takata representatives admitted that a product defect causes the airbags to spontaneously rupture.
TK Holdings Inc., parent company of air bag manufacturer TakataCorp., entered into a consent order with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) May 18 acknowledging problems with inflators in its air bags and expanding its recall of air bags to 34 million vehicles (In re: EA 15-001 Air Bag Inflator Rupture, U.S. DOT, NHTSA).
The consent order requires Takata to “cooperate in all future regulatory actions and proceedings that are part of NHTSA’s ongoing investigation and oversight of Takata Inflators and accompanying remedial actions.”
It may be days or weeks before consumers know whether their vehicles are covered in the expanded recall. Automakers have already recalled 17 million cars in the United States. Last week, Honda, Toyota, and Nissan recalled another 11.5 million cars worldwide.
Do you own, or know someone who owns, a vehicle on this list? http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/20/autos/takata-recall-list/
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