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Australian Takata Airbag Class Action

The massive scandal regarding dangerously explosive Takata airbags impacts at least 4 million Australian drivers. Now, recent reports show that the death of a Sydney man involved in a car crash was likely due to a faulty Takata airbag. A worldwide problem, Takata airbags have now killed at least 23 people and injured more than 230 across the globe.

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Information about the class action lawsuit

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, along with litigation funder Regency Funding Pty. Ltd., are opening a class action in Australia against car manufacturers, including BMW, Honda, Lexus, Mazda, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen among others for their role in the defective Takata airbag scandal.

Australian consumers need to know that these airbags degrade over time, so the longer they remain unrepaired on the market, the more incidents will happen. And, as we recently saw in the expanding recall for U.S. consumers, some manufacturers are also replacing faulty airbags with newer Takata airbags with the same defective features, which will need to be replaced again.

Australian consumers who purchased a car fitted with a Takata airbag may be entitled to participate in the class action. Register now to take action.

Case Updates

You should immediately take all steps to participate in any recall of your vehicle. This does not prevent you from participating in a claim for your damages in the Takata airbag class action. For the avoidance of doubt, the Funder has entered into Deed Polls that makes this clear.  Copies of the Deed Poll for each make of vehicle are available by clicking the links below.

BMW – Deed Poll
Honda – Deed Poll
Mazda – Deed Poll
Nissan – Deed Poll
Subaru – Deed Poll
Toyota – Deed Poll

Takata Airbag Recall Class Action Lawsuit FAQ

The Australian government has recalled my vehicle.  What should I do?

The ACCC has ordered a mandatory recall of your vehicle’s Takata airbag(s) “because of the significant risk of injury or death involved in using cars with these airbags”. You should IMMEDIATELY take all steps to participate in this recall. Contact your local dealership NOW to replace your airbags, and read about the recall at https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls/compulsory-takata-airbag-recall. You can still participate in a claim for your damages in the Takata airbag class action.

We ask that any group members whose defective airbag has been identified as an “alpha” airbag and which has not yet been replaced to also contact Meagan Bertolatti at Quinn Emanuel at takata@quinnemanuel.com, in addition to immediately taking all steps to participate in the recall. Quinn Emanuel has indicated that it would be content, with your consent, to contact the ACCC on your behalf to alert them of this urgent issue and have it actioned. When you have your airbag/s replaced, please obtain the make and model of the replacement airbag, and provide this important information as soon as you can to Quinn Emanuel via email to Meagan Bertolatti at takata@quinnemanuel.com. Some manufacturers are using a ‘like for like’ replacement (replacement of an older affected airbag with a newer one), which will also require replacement in the future. This should not affect your decision to participate IMMEDIATELY in the recall as a newer airbag, albeit still likely containing ammonium nitrate, is better than the airbag currently installed in your vehicle.

What is this class action about?

Takata airbags, found in automobiles manufactured by Toyota, Honda, Mazda and others, have been linked to several deaths around the world, including the July, 2017 death of a man in Sydney.

Who is the class action against?

We are filing a class action lawsuit against automobile manufacturers who supplied cars containing defective airbags and failed to take the proper steps to ensure they were safe.

What’s the issue with Takata airbags?

These airbags may deploy in a dangerous fashion, rupturing the metal canister holding the airbag and sending metal fragments throughout the interior of an automobile and causing potentially fatal injuries.

How does the class action work?

A class action lawsuit is filed by a group of people who have similar claims against a defendant. They have typically either suffered a physical injury or have suffered financially due to the defendant’s alleged harmful actions.

How much will it cost me to file a Takata airbag lawsuit?

It will not cost anything to participate in the class action lawsuit. You will not have to pay anything unless you win the case. We assume all of the costs and the risks – you will pay nothing out-of-pocket. If the class action is a successful one, all participants will share in the proceeds from either a settlement or a court judgment.

What kinds of damages can I claim?

We are filing lawsuits in Australia on behalf of consumers to seek damages for purchasing a car fitted with a defective Takata airbag. Investigations have shown that some automobile manufacturers are replacing defective airbags with newer Takata airbags with the same defective features, which will have to be replaced again.

Do I really have to file a lawsuit?

Unfortunately, it is often the case that filing a lawsuit is the only way a corporation will feel compelled to do what is right. However, our firm will take care of all of the work associated with your lawsuit, and will keep you thoroughly apprised regarding all developments of the case.