In re Takata Airbag Products Liability Litigation

Updated: January 26, 2016
Status: Ongoing Case

In the first nationwide consumer action against leading airbag maker, Takata, and several auto manufacturers, we prevailed on multiple motions to dismiss.

Labaton Sucharow filed the first nationwide consumer class action on October 27, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on behalf of all persons or entities who purchased or acquired one of the nearly 35 million affected vehicles containing Takata-brand airbags. A parallel lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California asserting claims under California law. On February 5, 2015, the Takata multidistrict litigation was assigned to the Southern District of Florida.

Takata Corporation, TK Holdings, Inc., and Highland Industries, Inc. (collectively, Takata), allegedly designed, manufactured, tested, and marketed millions of potentially lethal airbags which were distributed and sold to other manufacturers. Affected vehicles include models from BMW, Honda, Ford, Lexus, Nissan, and Toyota, among others.

The plaintiffs allege that Takata, the world's second largest producer of automotive safety devices, and the vehicle manufacturer defendants (collectively, the defendants) concealed their knowledge of the nature and extent of the defects in the Takata airbags from the public, in disregard for public safety. The case seeks to address two major issues: (1) The need to protect drivers and passengers from vehicles containing these airbags; and (2) The diminution in value of vehicles containing Takata airbags.

On December 2, 2015, the court denied both Takata and BMW’s motions to dismiss in part, preserving most of the substantive claims against the defendants. The court will issue its rulings on the remaining defendants’ motions to dismiss on a rolling basis.

The case is In re Takata Airbag Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2599 (S.D. Fla.). The defendants are Takata Corporation, TK Holdings, Inc., and Highland Industries, Inc., and several auto manufacturers, including BMW, Honda, Ford, Lexus, Nissan, and Toyota.

BMW
2000 - 2005 3 Series Sedan
2000 - 2006 3 Series Coupe
2000 - 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
2000 - 2006 3 Series Convertible
2001 - 2006 M3 Coupe
2001 - 2006 M3 Convertible

Ford
2004 Ranger
2005 - 2006 GT
2005 - 2014 Mustang

Honda
2001 - 2007 Honda Accord (4-cylinder)
2001 - 2002 Honda Accord (V-6)
2001 - 2005 Honda Civic
2002 - 2006 Honda CR-V
2003 - 2011 Honda Element
2002 - 2004 Honda Odyssey
2003 - 2008 Honda Pilot
2006 - Honda Ridgeline
2003 - 2006 Acura MDX
2002 - 2003 Acura TL/CL
2005 Acura RL
Mazda
2003 - 2008 Mazda6
2006 - 2007 MazdaSpeed6
2004 - 2008 Mazda RX-8
2004 - 2005 MPV
2004 - 2006 B-Series Truck

Nissan
2001 - 2003 Nissan Maxima
2001 - 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2002 - 2006 Nissan Sentra
2001 - 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 - 2003 Infiniti QX4
2003 - 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
2006 Infiniti M35/M45

Toyota
2002 - 2007 Lexus SC430
2002 - 2007 Toyota Corolla
2003 - 2007 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002 - 2007 Toyota Sequoia
2003 - 2006 Toyota Tundra
2004 - 2005 Toyota RAV 4


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