Nissan could be forced to pay the hefty sum in an outreach program destined to ensure all 4.4 million affected vehicles in US are repaired
Nissan will be put in a situation to pay hefty sum of 97.68 million USD to the vehicle owners affected by faulty Takata airbags if a proposed settlement gets the approval. As stated by a report on The Detroit News, a federal court in Miami on Tuesday saw a filing for the settlement.
Nissan could pay for an outreach program destined to make sure that all the 4.4 million vehicles from the brand in the US affected by the Takata airbag inflators are mended. Along with that, the Japanese manufacturer will be responsible for any additional cost the owner has to endure during the process of repair.
A similar settlement happened three months ago when Toyota, BMW, Subaru and Mazda were forced to pay the government of the United States 553 million USD. The four automakers were the first to agree on and the funds were used for consumer outreach, out-of-pocket cost reimbursement and rental car/loaner programs.
During that time they said Takata airbag inflator recall would be the largest such action in history and had affected more than 42 million vehicles in the United States across 19 automakers. In Nissan’s case too, the huge settlement will be enforced when the judge in charge approves the court filing.
The Takata airbags are devoid of a certain drying agent and caused a number of incidents due to the premature ruptures. Most of the reported deaths were on Honda vehicles as they erupt with too much force and send metal fragments piercing the body and there in causing fatal incidents mainly to the driver. These vehicles were termed as “unsafe and need to be repaired immediately” and the probe led to recalls worldwide.