Santa Clara, CA: $553.6 million in settlements has been agreed in multi-district litigation (MDL) involving Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW, which will see the automakers pay the sum to end claims brought by plaintiffs over alleged defective Takata airbags. To date, the airbags, which can explode, have been linked with 11 deaths in the US.
According to the settlement terms, BMW of North America LLC will pay $131 million, Mazda North American Operations will pay $75,805,050, Subaru of America Inc. will pay $68,262,257 and Toyota Motor Corp., $278,500,000.
Some 15.8 million vehicles currently have the defective air bag inflators installed, and the settlement is meant to expedite their removal. Additionally, compensation will be provided to class members who suffered economic losses as a result from the Takata air bag recall, such as car rentals. Additionally, a customer support program will be initiated that includes an extended warranty.
More than nine million Toyota vehicles, 2.6 million Subaru vehicles, 2.3 million BMW vehicles and 1.7 million Mazda vehicles, are covered by the settlement, according to the plaintiffs.
The settlements also provide compensation to class members for their economic losses resulting from the recall in the form of reimbursement for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses; a possible residual distribution payment of up to $500; requirements to provide rental cars to the most at-risk class members while they wait for their recall remedies; and the provision of a customer support program for repairs and adjustments on the replacement inflators, including an extended warranty.
Further, a new independent outreach program that seeks to dramatically increase recall remedy completion rates will be established. The program will regularly contact class members through direct mail, phone calls, email, internet ads and social media to educate them about the settlement and incentivize them to receive the recall remedy and exercise their rights under this agreement.
Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW are the first automakers to exit the massive MDL, which covers the largest auto recall in US history.
The case is In re: Takata Airbag Products Liability Litigation, case number 1:15-md-02599, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
I am on my fourth Toyota which is a 2015 corolla sport plus. Does anyone know how I can find out if I have these defective airbags or what is the year that they stopped using them? I would greatly appreciate it.
Posted by Richard Daniel Gilmore
In 2005, I purchased a 2005 BMW 330ci new from prestige imports, Santa Rosa, CA for about $50,000. When it rained water got into the electrical system got $0.00 for a trade due to the amount of water damage in the electrical system. (Today the dealership is Hansel BMW)
In 2005- I Also, purchased (a New) 2005 BMW X5 for about $60,000 from the same dealership. Today I just learned that prestige imports in Santa Rosa sold me a 2004 BMW X5 (I'm shocked) that all this time they sold me a 2005 for 2005 price and it's a 2004. Is there anything I can do . This BMW X5 has electrical issue as well as other issues .
Posted by charmayne fields
owner 2013 toyato corolla had for 7 months and it it blow up on me. air bags trouble ac comprseeion engine blow,
Posted by Carol
I have had the air bag replaced 6 time in my Mazda 6 and received another replacement card. Why so many ?
Posted by Joyce self
I have A 04 Mazda had to miss a lot of appointments because of the air bag problem just wondering when they will be a refund coming
Posted by Patricia
We had 3 defective Prius vehicles 2007-2010-2012 and lost significant funds trying to avoid further harm after electrical complications proceeded to worsen!
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