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Hagens Berman Expands National Takata Airbag Safety Recall Investigation

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Law firm urges vehicle owners to check recall list and act immediately for their safety

SEATTLE (January 16, 2015) (Press Release)Attorneys at national consumer-rights law firm, Hagens Berman, already representing dozens of plaintiffs with Honda vehicles in class-action lawsuits against Takata, have expanded their national investigation regarding the Takata airbag safety defect affecting millions of vehicles and linked to at least five fatalities, and urge affected consumers to act immediately.

Hagens Berman seeks to represent anyone in the United States who purchased or leased a vehicle that has been manufactured with a defective Takata airbag and that is subject to an airbag-related warning or recall. Concerned consumers can visit the firm’s website for a list of affected BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota vehicles and may contact the firm regarding the suit by emailing takata@hbsslaw.com or calling Hagens Berman’s toll-free hotline at 866-282-2571.

Additional information about the investigation is available at www.hbsslaw.com/takata. Affected vehicles include:


BMW: 627,615 potentially affected vehicles
2000 - 2005 3 Series Sedan
2000 - 2006 3 Series Coupe
2000 - 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
2000 - 2006 3 Series Convertible
2001 - 2006 M3 Coupe
2001 - 2006 M3 Convertible

Chrysler: 371,309 potentially affected vehicles
2003 - 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
2005 - 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
2006 - 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
2006 - 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
2008 - Dodge Ram 5500
2005 - 2008 Dodge Durango
2005 - 2008 Dodge Dakota
2005 - 2008 Chrysler 300
2007 - 2008 Chrysler Aspen

Ford: 58,669 potentially affected vehicles
2004 - Ranger
2005 - 2006 GT
2005 - 2007 Mustang

General Motors: undetermined number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 - 2005 Pontiac Vibe
2005 - Saab 9-2X

Honda: 5,051,364 potentially affected vehicles
2001 - 2007 Honda Accord)
2001 - 2002 Honda Accord
2001 - 2005 Honda Civic
2002 - 2006 Honda CR-V
2003 - 2011 Honda Element
2002 - 2004 Honda Odyssey
2003 - 2007 Honda Pilot
2006 - Honda Ridgeline
2003 - 2006 Acura MDX
2002 - 2003 Acura TL/CL
2005 - Acura RL

Mazda: 64,872 potentially affected vehicles
2003 - 2007 Mazda6
2006 - 2007 MazdaSpeed6
2004 - 2008 Mazda RX-8
2004 - 2005 MPV
2004 - B-Series Truck

Mitsubishi: 11,985 potentially affected vehicles
2004 - 2005 Lancer
2006 - 2007 Raider

Nissan: 694,626 potentially affected vehicles
2001 - 2003 Nissan Maxima
2001 - 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2002 - 2004 Nissan Sentra
2001 - 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 - 2003 Infiniti QX4
2003 - 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
Subaru: 17,516 potentially affected vehicles
2003 - 2005 Baja
2003 - 2005 Legacy
2003 - 2005 Outback
2004 - 2005 Impreza

Toyota: 877,000 potentially affected vehicles
2002 - 2005 Lexus SC
2002 - 2005 Toyota Corolla
2003 - 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002 - 2005 Toyota Sequoia
2003 - 2005 Toyota Tundra


Hagens Berman filed its initial 130-page class-action suit on Nov. 7, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and has since filed two additional cases, all of which accuse Takata of manufacturing defective airbags that can “blow up like hand-grenades, sending lethal metal and plastic shrapnel into the vehicle cockpit and into the bodies of the drivers and passengers.” The suit claims that Takata withheld knowledge of the airbag defects from federal regulators and ordered its technicians to destroy data evidencing airbag inflator housing defects, including video and computer backups.

Hagens Berman’s managing partner Steve Berman has led several nationwide class-action automotive defect cases. He and his firm secured a $1.6 billion settlement in litigation against Toyota Motor Corp for owners of vehicles that were potentially prone to unintended acceleration. Berman was also recently named co-lead counsel in the high-profile class-action lawsuit against General Motors, covering claims over faulty ignition switches and loss of vehicle value.


About Hagens Berman
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer-rights class-action law firm with offices in nine cities. The firm has been named to the National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List seven times. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com. Follow the firm for updates and news at @ClassActionLaw.

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My 2009 Mustang has a defective passenger seat occupancy sensor. When no one is seated the airbag flashes code 16. When I fasten the belt on that side still unoccupied, the fault code stops, but the center dash lights up indicating passenger airbag is OFF. My research shows the problem is not unique to my car, and that it has and is an ongoing issue with many cars not just Ford. This vehicle is on the Takata recall for drivers airbag replacement since March of 2015. As yet Ford does not have replacement parts. I believe the passenger seat cushion assembly which includes the bladder, sensor, and ECM should also be recalled. I live in Hawaii (high humidity) and research has shown this to be the root cause of the failures. At this point the vehicle is completely unsafe for the driver and passenger in the event of an accident, the drivers airbag has the potential to cause serious injury or death, and the passenger airbag may or may not deploy or effectively prevent injury or death. Please respond with any direction.

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