After being linked to 11 deaths and more than 180 injuries in the U.S., Japanese air bag manufacturer, Takata Corp., could settle criminal charges with the U.S. Department of Justice before the Obama administration leaves office on Jan. 20, 2017.
The settlement would include Takata pleading guilty to charges of misconduct in relation to the deaths caused by its defective air bags and paying a $1 billion fine after the company admitted to manipulating air bag test results.
Claims of Takata hiding information from safety regulators and providing misleading statements about the quality of the company’s airbags are still begin investigated by the Justice Department.
Takata has been subject to the largest recall in U.S. auto history after its defective airbags were found to have caused the deaths of 16 people, 11 of which were in the U.S.
Approximately 29 million vehicles have been recalled in the U.S. for the defective air bags, with the total number expected to reach 42 million. However, only a quarter of those vehicles have received the repairs needed to fix the defective airbags.
Automakers were ordered to quicken their recalls by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Dec. 9, 2016 for vehicles that had not yet been repaired. The NHTSA has given automakers a 2020 deadline to reach the recall numbers, however the process is begin slowed down by the lack of inflators needed to complete the repairs.
Manufacturers like Takata that are responsible for multiple deaths and hundreds of injuries have failed in their duty to provide consumers a safe and reliable product. If you have been injured or lost someone you love from a faulty product, contact the Las Vegas product liability lawyers at Henness & Haight. We will provide you with a free, no obligation initial review of your claim and will not charge any legal fees unless you are awarded compensation.