Volkswagen US agrees to compensate victims of Takata Airbag explosions

The United States division of Volkswagen reached an agreement, totaling $42 million, due to defective Takata air bag inflators, as per a filing at a Miami-based United States District Court.

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The agreement emerges as the most recent one by key automobile manufacturers, with the majority of the funds channeled into paying for completed recalls. Until now, seven more automobile manufacturers have concurred on agreements, valued at some $1.5 billion, that covers repairs of several million cars.

The flaw, which can result in air bag inflators sporadically bursting and dispersing unsafe metal pieces throughout an auto’s interior, spurred the largest vehicular recall in history.

Nineteen people have died in the United States due to malfunctioning air bag inflators manufactured by Takata.

Honda Motor Company, in an April announcement, confirmed the nineteenth death in the United States caused by a Takata air bag inflator explosion.

Previously, Honda had agreed to pay $605 million due to the defective airbags.

Over four hundred people have been injured by exploding Takata inflators, while the global death count stands at 28. Two people in the United States driving Ford vehicles lost their lives due to malfunctioning Takata air bag inflators, while one BMW-related death was recorded.

Ford’s settlement with owners reached $299.1 million, while BMW agreed to a settlement figure of $131 million.

The major Takata recall covers some 100 million air bag inflators used by 19 automobile manufacturers globally, including some 67 million air bag inflators in the U.S.