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A Special Master appointed by Federal Judge Moreno of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida overseeing the Takata defective airbag lawsuits recommended this week that Judge Moreno order BMW to search its complaint, claims, and lawsuit databases for documents relating to incidents of non-deployment in BMW’s recalled vehicles equipped with Takata airbags.

Honda airbag completely detached from steering wheel after explosion.

Honda airbag completely detached from steering wheel after explosion.

The question before the Special Master arose from a document discovery dispute over whether requests by the Plaintiffs were related to their claims, or whether they were likely to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence. As noted by the Special Master, the Plaintiffs claim that the airbags “have an unreasonably dangerous tendency to: (a) rupture and expel metal shrapnel that tears through the airbag and poses a threat of serious injury or death to occupants; (b) hyper-aggressively deploy and seriously injure occupants through contact with the airbag; and (c) fail to deploy altogether.”

image1.JPGA recent CBS News report revealed that Suburu is recalling certain 2016 and 2017 Legacy and Outback vehicles over concerns that the steering could fail and they could lose control. According to the report, Suburu advises owners not to drive them out of concern for their safety. It also has told dealers to stop selling these vehicles until they’re repaired.

The report says that Suburu disclosed in government documents that steering columns may have been manufactured improperly by a parts supplier. The defect means that the steering wheel could rotate freely and the driver could lose control.

Suburu will likely replace these defective parts free of charge. If your vehicle was recalled, get it fixed as soon as possible.

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