It will be a wonder if Takata will avoid bankruptcy given all of the lawsuits coming against them for their faulty airbags. Now New Mexico has joined with its own lawsuit, suing 15 carmakers and Takata for the dangerous devices.
New Mexico claims that the automakers and Takata knew about the defects and continued selling the devices anyway. This violates the state’s unfair trade practices act. Considering the airbag defect was first detected in the late 1990s, the state believes that Takata and the automakers had plenty of time to fix the problem, but chose not to.
The airbag ignitors break down in humid conditions, causing the airbags to break apart and send metal shrapnel through the vehicle. Over a dozen have died and hundreds have been injured from the bags.
The state is seeking $5000 for each defective airbag that entered the state and $5,000 for each day the manufacturers hid the defect or misrepresented the safety of the vehicles. Yes, for each day! New Mexico will have plenty of evidence on their side considering all the attention placed on the scandal. Here’s hoping Takata will have enough assets to cover all of the claims.
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