According to lawsuits recently filed in connection with the ongoing case of exploding Takata airbags that have injured several people, some popular car manufacturers knew that the airbags they were putting in to their vehicles were potentially explosive and therefore dangerous since the early 2000s, well before the companies started recalling their vehicles a few short years ago in an effort to correct the problem.
Some people have already been successful in pursuing similar cases against other car manufacturers that have since settled the litigation pending against them. Reportedly, car manufacturers like Toyota, Honda and BMW have paid millions of dollars in connection with defective air bag claims, even though the car manufacturers themselves neither designed nor manufactured the airbags.
Nevertheless, the most recent litigation has prompted several manufacturers to deny the allegations that their companies seemingly ignored the safety of their customers for the sake of cost-savings. General Motors, in particular, suggested that some of the lawsuits included misrepresentations as to several “material facts.”
While it is too early to predict to the outcome of this litigation, the case serves as an important reminder about the options that Los Angeles, California, residents have should the safety equipment on their vehicles, like their airbags, turn out to be dangerous.
Specifically, injured victims can pursue a products liability cause of action or a similar lawsuit in order to get compensation for their injuries. A Los Angeles victim of defective car safety equipment can get compensation for medical bills and lost wages as well as for other losses that are hard to put an exact dollar amount on, including pain and suffering.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, “Lawsuits accuse automakers of faulty air bags, recall delays,” Tom Krisher, March 14, 2018.