A federal district court in southern Florida will hear a products liability
class action lawsuit involving a
major airbag maker. U.S. District Judge Frederico Moreno has been chosen to preside over
the case. This is just one of more than 70 potential class action lawsuits
that have grown out of the recent stories that airbags from a major airbag
manufacturer explode with too much force causing serious injuries and
possibly deaths. The class action lawsuit being heard by the Florida court
will involve claims that the allegedly faulty airbags cause a loss in
resale for car owners.
Stories Involving the Products Liability of Faulty Airbags
recalling more than 5 million cars for the faulty airbags at issue. Among the vehicles
in the recall are Pilots, Civics, and Accords. Honda is just one of nine
car companies to recall their vehicles for problems with the airbags made
by the company at issue. According to reports, when some of Honda's
airbags have triggered they explode with too much force, causing small
metal parts to fly into the faces of accident victims.
Federal regulators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
involved with the faulty airbags. Regulators are ordering that the company who
makes the airbags preserve evidence like air bag inflators to be used
in potential litigation. In addition to these steps, the NHTSA is performing
an engineering analysis on the airbags, which is a formal step in the
investigation for the NHTSA. In addition, the NHTSA is fining the company
$14,000 a day until the company begins to fully cooperate with the agency
in its efforts to fix the airbag problems.
As recently as January there was a
report that a faulty airbag may have killed a driver. The report is out of Houston,
and involved a 2002 model Honda Accord. Even though the accident was minor,
and the passenger suffered little injury, the driver was found dead after
- Prior to the most recently reported accident, there are at least 30 people
that have been injured due to the faulty airbags.
Florida Products Liability Law
The state of Florida has passed laws
protecting consumers from defective products. If a product presents a danger to the
consumer because of how it was designed, manufactured, constructed, formed,
installed, prepared, or assembled, then the consumer has a right to recover
any damages they suffered as a result. A victim of a faulty product is
generally able to sue everyone in the chain of commerce. That means that
a victim could sue the company that manufactured the product; the company
that shipped the product; or, the company that sold the product to the consumer.
Reach Out to an Attorney
If you have been affected by a faulty airbag, or by any other faulty product,
The Pittman Firm is here to represent you. Wes Pittman is focused on fighting
to see that victims of faulty products are appropriately compensated for
the pain and suffering they experience because of faulty products.