States settle lawsuit against Takata, but won’t collect the money

States settle lawsuit against Takata, but won’t collect the money Poster to raise awareness of problem with deadly Takata airbags Credit The State of the Takata Airbags Michigan and 23 other states have settled their lawsuit against airbag maker Takata.  But the states aren’t going to try to collect the money.  Takata is going bankrupt, so it has limited money for fines, paying automakers for recalls, and compensating victims.  The states won’t go after the $650 million settlement to protect the funds that are available for victims. Twenty-two people have been killed and hundreds of people have been injured with the defective Takata airbags in their vehicles deployed with too much force, spraying them with metal fragments. A post-bankruptcy Takata subsidiary will keep building replacement airbags for a long time — millions more vehicles still have the potentially deadly airbags in them. Some pose more danger than others. Ford recently told owners of 30,000 Ford Rangers built in 2006 to stop driving them immediately and have them towed to a dealership to get the airbags replaced. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a  website  where people can learn about the Takata airbag issue and find out if their vehicle is among those recalled. Tags:  By Tracy Samilton • Dec 22, 2017 The State of the Takata Airbags The largest automotive recall in history continues, and millions of cars with potentially deadly airbags are still on the road. A federally appointed independent monitor overseeing the recall in the U.S. just issued a new report, entitled “The State of the Takata Air Bag Recalls.”  You can find a link to that report here. But first, a warning about that report if you’re at all squeamish.  The monitor, John Buretta, didn’t hold back when describing the gruesome injuries of the 13 (now 14) known victims killed in the U.S. when the Takata airbags in their cars exploded, sending shards of metal at high speeds towards them. By Tracy Samilton • Oct 22, 2017 wikipedia Honda is stepping up its effort to get some of the most dangerous recalled cars in the country repaired. Tests have shown that the early-issue Takata airbags in these vehicles have up to a 50% chance of exploding in the face of the driver in a crash: By The Associated Press • Feb 27, 2017 NHTSA DETROIT – Attorneys for people suing air bag maker Takata and five automakers say the car companies knew that the company’s products were dangerous yet continued to use them for years because they were inexpensive.

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