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Airbag Suits Continue

Deadly Takata Airbag Suits Continue Against GM, Mercedes, Fiat Chrysler as Nissan Reaches Settlement

On August 8, 2017, Nissan agreed to a $98 million settlement in multidistrict litigation with consumers over dangerous and deadly Takata airbags in Nissan vehicles. Nissan is the fifth automaker to escape litigation via settlement after BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota reached similar settlements valued at over $553 million earlier in the year. Nissan’s settlement leaves ongoing suits remaining against General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat Chrysler, and other auto manufacturers.

In early and mid-2017, hundreds of thousands of additional vehicles from more recent model years were added to the pending recall list over the defects in Takata airbags, which pose a risk of killing vehicle occupants upon deployment due to faulty inflators which can explode upon impact in an accident and shoot metal debris from the casing towards drivers and passengers. The expanded recall targets vehicles from General Motors and GMC, Mercedes-Benz, and Fiat Chrysler among others.

The added recalls affect popular GM models including Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Sierra, and Yukon, as well as some Saab and Saturn vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the recalls include Sprinter, Bullet, C-Class, E-Class, GL-Class, GLK-Class, ML-Class, R-Class, SLK-Class, and SLS-Class.

The Fiat Chrysler models with faulty and dangerous Takata airbags include Chrysler 300, Aspen, Crossfire, and SRT8; Dodge Challenger, Charger, Dakota, Durango, Magnum, and 1500/2500/3500 Pickups; Jeep Wrangler; and numerous Ferrari models.

Contact A Takata Airbag Recall Lawyer

Lieff Cabraser represents drivers across the U.S. threatened by Takata air bag defects. Nearly 34 million vehicles, most manufactured prior to 2009, have been recalled worldwide due to the problem. This is the largest automotive recall to date in U.S. history. These airbags were installed in U.S. and foreign made cars and pickup trucks including in vehicles made by Volkswagen and Audi, Acura, BMW, Honda, Mazda, Mercedes-BenzSubaru, Ford, Toyota, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, and Nissan, among others.

Owners and lessees of these vehicles are invited to contact Lieff Cabraser about injuries and their legal rights.