Ac­tion filed against Toy­ota over airbags

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

A CLASS ac­tion has been filed against Toy­ota on be­half of cus­tomers who were af­fected by the re­call of cars fit­ted with de­fec­tive Takata airbags.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sul­li­van, which has filed the class ac­tion, said sim­i­lar ac­tions against Honda, Mazda, BMW, Subaru, Audi and Volk­swa­gen were ex­pected to be filed in the com­ing weeks.

The class ac­tion, paid for by US lit­i­ga­tion fun­der Re­gency Fund­ing, was filed in the Supreme Court of New South Wales on Fri­day.

It al­leges that Toy­ota is in breach of its obli­ga­tions to con­sumers un­der Aus­tralian Con­sumer Law.

Quinn Emanuel part­ner Damian Scat­tini said hun­dreds of Toy­ota own­ers had al­ready reg­is­tered to par­tic­i­pate in the ac­tion since it was first an­nounced in July.

“Glob­ally, the Takata airbag re­call is the largest prod­uct safety re­call in his­tory and the num­ber of po­ten­tially af­fected Aus­tralian con­sumers could make it the largest con­sumer class ac­tion in Aus­tralia,” Mr Scat­tini said.

“Since 2009, more than 2.3 mil­lion ve­hi­cles in Aus­tralia have be­come sub­ject to the re­call.

“The de­fec­tive airbags were largely in­stalled in ve­hi­cles be­tween 2002 through 2015.

“These airbags have been proven to be lethal and have killed at least 18 peo­ple and in­jured more than 180 around the world.

“This class ac­tion will al­low Aus­tralians whose ve­hi­cles are fit­ted with the po­ten­tially deadly Takata airbag to seek ei­ther a safe re­place­ment airbag or re­fund.”

Mr Scat­tini claimed that car manufacturers had known about the fault for years and “not done any­thing proac­tive to try and right it”.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.AirbagRe­

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