WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Takata Corp, the Japanese company whose potentially defective airbags have led to the recall of millions of vehicles, was sued on Monday by consumers who claimed Takata and several car manufacturers defrauded them by concealing crucial information.
The lawsuit, filed with a US District Court in Florida, is believed to be the first in the United States to seek class-action status on behalf of consumers nationwide.
If that status is granted, it could subject Takata to a larger payout in a trial or settlement than if vehicle owners were forced to sue individually.
The federal lawsuit is at least the third filed against Takata in the last week over alleged airbag defects. The other lawsuits were brought on behalf of individual owners.
A Takata representative in the US could not immediately be reached.