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Takata Corporation and Honda Motor Co Facing Defective Airbag Class Action Lawsuit

Los Angeles, CA: A defective automotive class action lawsuit has been filed against Japanese parts supplier Takata Corporation and automaker Honda Motor Co., stating that Takata embarked on a concealment campaign, designed to cover-up evidence of airbag defects. The suit relates to the companies recent rash of recalls due to faulty airbag inflators installed in millions of vehicles in the United States.


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Takata Airbag Lawsuit

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on November 7, 2014, claims that Takata withheld knowledge of the airbag defects from federal regulators and ordered its technicians to destroy data evidencing any housing defects, including video and computer backups.

Instead of safely deploying airbags to protect vehicle occupants, the defective Takata inflators, installed in millions of Honda vehicles, explode, sending metal and plastic shrapnel into the vehicle cabin, according to the complaint. The defective Takata inflators have caused multiple injuries and fatalities.

According to legal representatives for the class, in 2004, Takata and Honda were made aware of a dangerous propensity for airbag inflator explosion in vehicles equipped with Takata airbags – a driver in Alabama was severely injured from metal shrapnel during an accident.

The suit seeks to represent anyone in the United States who purchased or leased a Honda vehicle with a defective Takata airbag and that has been subject to an airbag-related warning or recall.

The complaint has eight named plaintiffs from California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Washington.

The suit accuses Takata of manufacturing cheap airbags that "blew up like hand-grenades, sending lethal metal and plastic shrapnel into the vehicle cockpit and into the bodies of the drivers and passengers."

Plaintiffs are represented by Steve Berman of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.

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Posted by
Pam taylor
I have already had a recall on my seat belts it did not re-strain me during an accident in my ford 2014 SE fusion the airbag it did not deploy during an accident when I rear-ended someone at 65 miles an hour on a highway when the driver stopped to a complete stop me swerving away from her into the other lane she began swerving into me causing me to hit her at that time my airbag did not deploy causing me to suffer head injury and I still have memory loss from and some other issues including my Lupus becoming extremely active and my teeth starting to break and filled with cavities within months after the accident of me hitting my mouth on the steering wheel. Accident was on octobet 21st 2015.

Posted by
Matt Spikes
I have two Hondas that have the same recall I had to take time off of work to have them serviced because of the airbags.

Posted by
Duane Davis
in august of 2017 I was involved in a head on accident where the airbags did not deployed which cause me to have a whiplash and also cause me be diagnosis with vertigo!, I was driving a rental car from enterprise a 2016 Toyota camry.

Posted by
Thomas Pottanat
Dear Sir,

I am seeking law firms that can represent me, and are familiar with Takata Airbag MDL -2559/JPML.

Posted by
Anthony G Crouse Sr.
October 4th, 2009. Lost my son, Anthony Crouse Jr., (owner and passenger) and his friend, Matt Flowberg, (Driver), in an accident on Rte.8 in Seymour Ct. The passenger side airbags ruptured, rendering it useless. Anthony has lacerations to prove the airbag exploded. I am looking for an attorney that would pursue our case. (Statute of limitations) I learned of the negligence by Honda/Tanaka on World news tonight and other networks in January of 2015. This is when I was informed of the negligence acts with Honda / Tanaka. Both boys passed away.

Posted by
One of these airbags was installed in my 2004 civic. On January 27, 2007 I was hut head on on the highway by a wrong way driver. The airbag deployed and broke 3 fingers in my left hand. The bones were broken axially (along the length rather than across the bone), which the hand specialist they sent me to said was very unusual in a 60mph crash, it was the kind of injury they would expect to see in a collision involving much higher velocities. It was determined later that the airbag was responsible for the injury. I have never been able to regain fill use of my middle, ring, or pinky fingers.


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