Honda Canada settles class action lawsuit over Takata airbagsSeptember 1, 2020
Honda Canada Becomes Latest Manufacturer to Settle Class Action Claim for Firm Airbags Defective
In a statement on Monday, Honda said it would reimburse customers, some of whom had to repeatedly visit dealer service departments to replace inflators, which could explode and damage the driver and passengers in an accident with metal debris.
A consortium of law firms representing car owners say agreements have already been reached with Toyota, Mazda and Subaru. Attorney Harvey Strosberg, a dispute resolution adviser, said action continues against a number of other automakers that have used Takata inflators.
Honda said the agreement “further enhances Honda Canada’s significant efforts to attract and encourage customers to bring their vehicles to authorized dealerships for free airbag replacement.” He did not give any estimates of how much it might cost the manufacturer a settlement requiring court approval.
The Takata recall is the largest in the history of the automotive industry and includes nearly 100 million potentially dangerous inflators worldwide. Inflators have been linked to at least 25 deaths worldwide.
Manufacturers and safety regulators say many cars, especially older models, remain on the roads with inflators, which become more dangerous with age, especially in hot and humid climates.
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