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Honda Settles Deadly Takata Airbags Case; Lawsuits Continue Against Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and GM

On September 1, 2017, Honda agreed to a $605 million settlement in multidistrict litigation with consumers over dangerous and deadly Takata airbags in Honda vehicles. The settlement will cover owners of 11.4 million U.S. vehicles with potentially faulty Takata air bag inflators. Honda is the sixth automaker to avoid litigation via the settlement path after Nissan, BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota reached similar settlements valued at over $651 million earlier in the year. Honda’s settlement leaves suits ongoing against Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, and Mercedes-Benz, among 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 Volkswagen, 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.

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.

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.

Volkswagen and Audi vehicles in the Takata recalls include the Jetta, Passat, Golf, Eos, A3, A4, A6, Q5, R8, RS4, S4, S5, S6, and TT.

Contact A Takata Airbag Defect Lawyer

Lieff Cabraser represents drivers across the U.S. whose vehicles’ safety is compromised 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, General MotorsMercedes-Benz, and Fiat Chrysler, among others. Contact a consumer protection lawyer at Lieff Cabraser about your legal rights.

Takata Airbag Accident Injury Cases

Owners and lessees of these vehicles who have suffered injuries they believe are related to faulty Takata airbags are invited to contact Lieff Cabraser about their legal rights with respect to injury cases.