Americans are, unfortunately, becoming very accustomed to motor vehicle safety recalls. It seems as though major safety issues are leading to increasingly large recalls every few years. And because many automakers source certain components from the same parts manufacturers, one faulty part can lead to recalls among dozens of car companies.
This was the case with the Takata air bag scandal, leading to the largest auto recall in history. Takata Corp. was ultimately at fault for the dangerous air bag inflators, that could aggressively overinflate and explode, sending shrapnel into the cab of vehicles and striking occupants. But car manufacturers who bought from Takata were also liable for being aware of the problem inflators but failing to adequately address the issue or warn consumers. In late August, one of those automakers settled litigation with states across the U.S., including Georgia.
The attorneys general of 45 states brought suit against Honda, alleging that it concealed safety issues related to Takata air bags. The case was just settled for $85.1 million, and Georgia’s portion of the settlement is $3.3 million. In addition to the money, Honda has agreed to implement a number of important consumer safety measures impacting everything from how their parts are sourced, how they communicate with the public (in advertisements and sales), how they manage risk across the supply chain and the inclusion of “failsafe” features to prevent further injuries related to defective air bags.
So far, the defective air bags have been linked to 200 injuries and 14 deaths in the United States (with additional deaths and injuries in other countries). Nearly every major car company worldwide has been impacted by this scandal, and the legal fallout may continue to be felt for years to come.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a car accident or because of a defective auto part, you have the right to seek full and fair compensation. To better understand your legal options, contact our office to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney.