The auto manufacturer Nissan, has agreed to pay $97.7 million in damages caused by the defective Takata airbags. Although the car company is not admitting any fault in the law suit, the settlement will cover various damages sustained in the recall. This includes any out of pocket expenses Nissan owners had to pay due to the recall.
Nissan recalled 4.4 million vehicles that were equipped with the deadly Takata airbags. At this time, only 30% of Nissan vehicles have been fixed. A separate part of the Nissan settlement will include a consumer outreach program that will contact Nissan owners who need their vehicles to be repaired.
BMW, Toyota, Mazda and Subaru have all reached settlements similar to Nissan’s totaling $553 million that covers 15.8 million vehicles. Honda and Ford still have not reached a settlement.
The faulty Takata airbags have been responsible for 19 deaths and over 180 injuries world-wide. The inflators carry the risk of exploding when deployed, releasing sharp, metal fragments.
If you want to see if your vehicle is included in the recall, visit NHTSA’s website for more information.
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Source: engadget.com, “Nissan settles Takata airbags lawsuit for $97.7 million”