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Wednesday, 26 August 2020 17:54

Honda Agrees to $84M Multistate Settlement for Defective Airbags

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Aug. 25 a more than $84 million multistate settlement with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Honda of America Mfg., Inc. over allegations Honda concealed safety issues related to defects in the frontal airbag systems installed in certain Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S.

The systems were designed and manufactured by Takata Corporation, a longtime Honda supplier, and were first installed in Honda vehicles in the 2001 model year.

 

The settlement, reached between the attorneys general of 48 states, territories and the District of Columbia and Honda, concludes a multistate investigation into Honda’s alleged failure to inform regulators and consumers that the frontal airbags posed a significant risk of rupture, which could cause metal fragments to fly into the passenger compartments of many Honda and Acura vehicles.

 

The ruptures have resulted in at least 14 deaths and over 200 injuries in the U.S. alone.

 

“Our Consumer Protection Division represents the interest of Kentuckians and fights on their behalf when there is a widespread product safety concern, like we’ve seen with the defective airbags in these vehicles,” said Cameron. “This multistate settlement ensures that product safety standards are strengthened going forward."

 

Anyone who owns a Honda or Acura vehicle is urged to visit the airbag recall website to learn more.

 

The states have alleged Honda engineers suspected the airbags’ propellant, ammonium nitrate, could burn aggressively and cause the inflator to burst.

 

Despite these concerns, Honda delayed warning consumers or automobile safety officials, even as it began partial recalls of affected vehicles in 2008 and 2009. Further, Honda continued to represent to consumers that its vehicles, including its airbags, were safe. Since 2008, Honda has recalled approximately 12.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles equipped with the suspect inflators.


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