As reported by the Associated Press and the LA Times, among others, Honda has indicated that exploding Takata vehicle airbags, the subject of widespread lawsuits and the largest auto recall in history, have claimed another life. The most recent airbag death occurred in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in July. The airbag’s role in the tragic death was only confirmed recently by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which indicated the airbag’s inflator exploded and caused the death. Honda indicated that the airbag had previously been salvaged from another vehicle, a 2002 model Civic.
Infamous as the largest recall in U.S. auto safety history, the defective Takata airbags contain a propellant that can cause the airbag to explode upon impact in an accident, shooting out metal debris from the casing towards drivers and passengers. Numerous lawsuits charge that the Japan-based airbag manufacturer knew of the defects in its product a decade ago, after conducting secret tests that showed dangerous airbag flaws. But rather than alert federal safety regulators to these risks, Takata allegedly ordered its engineers to delete test data.
In November of 2017, a federal judge in Florida granted final approval to an aggregate settlement of $741 million with Toyota, BMW, Subaru and Mazda over the airbag dangers. Lawsuits continue against Takata and other vehicle manufacturers.
Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuit & Your Legal Rights
Lieff Cabraser represents drivers across the U.S. harmed by these air bag defects in lawsuits against Takata. 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 Mercedes-Benz, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, and BMW, among others.