Iowa gets $1 million in airbag lawsuit settlement


(Des Moines, IA) -- Iowa will get $1.25 million in a national settlement over defective air-bags in Honda and Acura vehicles. Since 2008, Honda has recalled nearly 13-(m) million vehicles with the airbags, made by Takata. Air-bag ruptures have resulted in at least 14-deaths and more than 200-injuries in the United States. Honda has agreed to pay more than 85-(m) million dollars to the states.

“This settlement requires that Honda make several changes in its practices to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again,” Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said.

The agreement is between Honda and 48-states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The settlement comes after a multistate investigation into Honda’s alleged failure to disclose that the frontal airbags posed a significant risk of rupture, which could cause metal fragments to fly into the passenger compartments of many Honda and Acura vehicles.

(Graphic from the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration)