Our firm, along with other law firms, has filed two huge class action lawsuits against Takata Corp., Honda Motor Co. and several other defendants over the defective air bags. One case was filed in California and the second in Florida. It was alleged in each suit that the two companies hid the air bags’ “explosive nature.” The California suit, filed on behalf of Luke Hooper and others, state that Honda and Takata failed to alert customers about the air bag defect when it first became aware of the problem. The allegations in the Florida lawsuit are basically the same as in the California suit.
The Plaintiffs contend that Honda and Takata even had a secret program in 2007 to study the air bags at issue. It’s alleged that Honda dealers planned to replace faulty air bags in vehicles that had been brought in for unrelated problems. The Plaintiffs alleged further in the California complaint:
To make matters worse, Honda’s and Takata’s actions to hide the explosive nature of the defective air bags from 2004 onward from consumers and government regulators has resulted in a parts shortage; there are simply not enough replacement air bags to replace the defective air bags in older model cars.
In each case, the Plaintiffs are seeking to represent a proposed class of consumers in the United States who bought Honda vehicles with the Takata air bags at issue. Takata and carmakers have already faced a number of suits over the alleged defect. Some Plaintiffs have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) to consolidate five recently filed class actions in a Florida federal court. In two motions for transfer of actions to the Southern District of Florida, Miami, lawyers said the cases — two of which were filed in that court, two others that were filed in the Central District of California, Western Division, Los Angeles; and one that was filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, Detroit — all accused the defendants of not fixing the allegedly defective air bags quickly enough.
As we have reported, more than 14 million vehicles with Takata air bags have been recalled worldwide because of a defect that causes the air bags to explode in humid conditions. Most of those recalls have come just in the past year. The automakers allegedly knew of the defect as early as 2008, when Honda first notified regulators of a problem with its Takata air bags. Instead, the automakers and Takata made a decision to not address the issue, leading to deaths stemming from the defect.
Dee Miles, Archie Grubb and Andrew Braisher from our firm are representing the Plaintiffs in the cases. We are handling both cases with Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, LLP, and Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. We are also working with respected Florida trial lawyer Sean Domnick in the Florida case.
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