The show me state is set to receive over $1.6 million dollars in a $85 Million dollar settlement from automaker Honda.
Honda, settling without admitting wrongdoing to avoid future litigation.
The suit involves 46 states, plus Washington, D. C and three U. S territories.
The dangerous airbag inflators were made by the now defunct supplier Takata.
Attorneys general from a number of states charged Honda with dragging its feet on ordering a recall.
They allege Honda dragged its feet on that Takata airbag recall.
Those dangerous airbag inflators were in vehicles from a number of brands, but Honda by far had the most.
Honda says they’ve so far it’s replaced 16 million of the faulty airbag inflators.
To date, the ruptured airbags have resulted in at least 14 deaths and over 200 injuries.
Additional details from the Attorney General….
“One of the most important functions of the Attorney General’s Office is to protect Missouri consumers, and a large part of that is holding companies, no matter how big, accountable for their actions that have harmed consumers,” said Attorney General Schmitt.
Under the terms of the Consent Judgment, which will be filed with the Cole County Circuit Court, Honda has agreed to strong injunctive relief, including:
- Taking steps to ensure that future airbag designs include “fail-safe” features to protect passengers in the event the inflator ruptures.
- Adopting changes to its procurement process for new frontal airbags, to ensure that its suppliers have the appropriate industry certifications and satisfy key industry performance standards, as well as improve record-keeping and parts tracking.
- Implementation of recurrence prevention procedures designed to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again, such as requiring that Honda approve all new frontal airbag designs before the company will consider them for use in new Honda vehicles.
- Prohibitions on misleading advertisements and point of sale representations regarding the safety of Honda’s vehicles, including the airbags.
- Making improvements in critical areas such as risk management, quality control, supplier oversight, training and certifications, and implementing mandatory whistleblower protections.
Honda’s airbag recall website at http://www.hondaairbaginfo.com, or call its Customer Service toll-free number at (888) 234-2138, to see if their vehicle is subject to a recall.