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Florida Judge Stalls Takata Litigation

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A U.S. District Judge in Miami has stayed proceedings on a proposed diminished value class action lawsuit filed against Takata as a panel of federal judges decides how to proceed with similar cases.

About the Diminished Value Lawsuit

Auto News reports that the class action is seeking damages in connection with the loss of vehicle value following the Takata airbag recalls issued be several automakers.

However, U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King stalled the proceedings on Monday and denied a plaintiff’s request for immediate disclosure of evidence in connection with the Takata airbags. The hold will continue until after a hearing scheduled for January 29, during which a panel of federal judges will decide if the Florida case will be consolidated with others filed across the nation.

So far, Takata is facing more than 55 proposed class actions alleging diminished value, with both plaintiffs’ lawyers and defendants asking that the suits be consolidated and overseen in a single federal court.

Multiple cities have been put forward by Plaintiffs as possible sites for the multidistrict litigation, including Miami, Detroit, New Orleans, Houston, and Los Angeles. Takata and multiple automakers, however, have suggested Pittsburgh as the “most logical venue.”

Overview of the Takata Recall

10 automakers have issued recalls in connection with the faulty Takata airbags: BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns that the airbags can inflate with excess for and rupture upon deployment. Such ruptures result in sharp metal shards and pieces of plastic being sprayed throughout vehicle cabins, possibly injuring or killing passengers.

So far, five deaths and more than a hundred injuries have been linked to the faulty airbags.

NHTSA  is now demanding that all affected automakers issue nationwide recalls for any vehicles equipped with the defective airbags.


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