The ethics of auto manufacturer Honda were called into question when it was discovered that the close relationship it had with airbag manufacturer Takata including quietly requesting replacements for faulty air bags installed in its vehicles without having notified the NHTSA about the issue.
According to documents discovered in 2014, Honda failed to report some 1,700 death and injury claims that were directly linked to devices manufactured by Takata. Documents recently released, however, indicate that in August of 2009, Honda knew of the connection between at least one death and four injuries in connection with the defective airbags. Honda quietly worked with Takata to have those devices replaced.
Honda is feeling the heat from both the public and federal regulators regarding its failure to notify the NHTSA of the issue and for its role in downplaying the issue.
So far there are more than 100 federal lawsuits as well as many other state suits that are working their way through the legal system across the United States. While Takata has taken the majority of the heat regarding the faulty air bags that touch on 24 million vehicles so far, and potentially as many as 90 million vehicles, it is clear that Honda is at least in some part complicit in the situation.
While Honda officials deny that the redesigned airbag inflator was because of a safety defect, they assert that they and other auto manufacturers work regularly with suppliers such as Takata to make design changes in their vehicles.
The pressure is mounting against Takata and auto manufacturers to do more to correct the situation surrounding nitrate-based air bags and design a safer alternative and replace the potentially dangerous air bags in millions of vehicles in the United States.
Because of how Takata airbags were manufactured, there have been a number of injuries and even deaths due to the bags exploding, sending shrapnel into the drivers that were meant to be protected by the devices. There are currently a number of class action, personal injury and class action lawsuits against Takata and these automakers.
If you or a loved one has been injured or tragically been killed in an accident involving a potentially fatal airbag manufactured by Takata, you have our deepest condolences for your loss. We want to help. You and your family may be entitled to compensation for any injuries or even wrongful death after such an accident. Contact the Takata Airbag Recall Attorney in Atlanta, John Foy & Associates. You may reach us at 404) 400-4000 to schedule a free consultation and legal analysis or contact us here on our website. Contact the law offices with the Strong Arm. Contact us today.