Japan’s Takata Corporation, the world’s second-largest auto safety parts supplier, has become globally famous because of its defective airbags that fail to properly protect the occupants in case of an accident.
Since 2008, millions of cars equipped with potentially flawed Takata airbags have been recalled around the world – and in the US alone over 2013 and 2014 automakers need to fix almost 8 million cars. The airbag’s inflator can explode with too much force and send metal debris flying through the cabin at high velocity.
Following the issue that escalated into a global safety crisis, US owners of affected vehicles decided to take Takata to the court, asking for a class action suit against the airbag manufacturer. Now, with the news still fresh, a second class-action suit has been filed in California.
Hagens Berman, a national class-action law firm, has slapped the auto parts builder and also called in as a defendant Japanese automaker Honda (Takata’s largest client) – after reports of four deaths arose. “We’re talking about a critical vehicle safety component that makes the difference between life or death in an automobile accident,” says Steve Berman, a partner with the law firm.
Federal safety regulators have increased their efforts to pressure Takata to lift production of the airbag replacement kits for the 7.8 million autos recalled in the US alone.