The Takata airbag scandal has claimed 11 lives and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in repair costs and legal settlements. But the scandal continues to broaden in scope, as a new lawsuit accuses five of the world's largest automakers of installing the airbags while knowing the danger they posed to drivers.
The lawsuit, filed at the end of February in federal court in Florida, claims that Ford, Nissan, Honda, BMW and Toyota were aware that Takata airbags could threaten the lives of drivers and passengers. You'll recall that Takata airbags were found to spray shrapnel upon deployment.
The filing cites internal documents from the automakers that, the suit claims, shows the companies were aware of how dangerous the airbags were.
The Duncan Firm and our experienced product liability lawyers will keep a close eye on this suit and any other developments in the Takata airbag case. We can also discuss your legal options if you or a family member has been hurt by a defective Takata airbag.
In the meantime, you can visit this government website to look up your VIN and determine if your vehicle was affected by the Takata recall.
If you or a family member has been hurt by a defective vehicle part or any other defective product, you should contact our product liability lawyers as soon as possible. Please call The Duncan Firm, P.A today at 877-638-6226 for a free consultation.