Posted by Chuck on September 5, 2017
Class Action Lawsuits

Published on September 5th, 2017 | by Chuck

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Get $250 with this Airbag Class Action Settlement [Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, BMW, Honda, Nissan]

Airbag Class Settlement

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The lawsuit alleges that Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, BMW, Honda, and Nissan sold vehicles containing defective inflators manufactured by Takata Corporation that could rupture and expel debris into the occupant compartment.

Each of these auto makers has separately agreed to pay tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to consumers who were affected by the airbag issue. Even those not affected can get up to $250.

Who is Eligible?

Anyone who owned or leased an eligible vehicle in the United States or territories after April 11, 2013 and through June 9, 2017.

The easiest way to see eligibility is by simply checking your VIN here.

File a claim here

How Much Will We Get?

  • If the faulty airbag somehow cost you money, file a Registration/Claim for reimbursement of the reasonable expenses you incurred related to the Takata Airbag Recall
  • If not, file a Registration/Claim for a Residual Distribution of up to $250

Note: if you still own the vehicle, you can only take part in the settlement if you first bring the car into a dealership for the Takata Airbag Recall Remedy

Important Dates

The Honda and Nissan cases are not yet available for filing claims, we’ll have to wait on dates for those.

For Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, and BMW, the court will issue a decision on October 25, 2017. You should be able to file for another year from that date.

Final Thoughts

This will hopefully amount to real money ($250) for many, many people, though it’s not absolutely guaranteed since it depends how many reimbursement claims are filed. Definitely worth filing a claim.

As noted, thus far it’s only possible to file a claim for Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, and BMW. Honda and Nissan are not up for filing yet, but it looks like they’ve recently agreed to settle too, and we should see a form available at some point in the future. We’ll try to repost this when that happens.



36 Responses to Get $250 with this Airbag Class Action Settlement [Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, BMW, Honda, Nissan]

  1. Justin says:

    Very nice, thanks Chuck

  2. Michael says:

    When I traded my eligible car into Carmax last year, I shredded all of my paperwork from the original purchase of the car. Anyone have any thoughts on how I can get the VIN number now?

    I don’t have an insurance card anymore, I don’t have my Mazda online account, and I can’t think of where I could find that info.

    • TomT says:

      Contact your insurance company. It is on the old policy documents. It is also on your annual registration docs that you may have kept with your taxes if you itemize

    • JuicyJosh says:

      Agree. Def contact insurance company. Geico responded to my email request for VINs in less than 20 min for vehicles off my policy over a year ago.

    • Charles says:

      Unless you already got the car fixed you are no longer eligible? You must have the dealership correct first which you can no longer do if you sold the car.

      • Charles says:

        Sorry, I missed the part where it says through June 30, 2017. I suppose you could have just sold it.

      • Michael says:

        Actually I got a letter in the mail about a month ago about this, and it specified that former owners are included as well. For a non-owner, per the qualification questionnaire, you must have..

        3. Did you sell, or return pursuant to a lease, your Subject Vehicle after April 11, 2013, and before June 9, 2017?

  3. Jeff H says:

    Start with the place where you registerd your car – in my area, it is the county courthouse who will contact the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

    Alternatively, your insurance agent is likely to have a copy of your insurance on file.
    It may be possible, CarMax may have what you need as part of their record of their purchase from you.

  4. Jeff H says:

    RE: Toyota settlement
    Interesting that the Toyota Prius is not on the list at all. It may be that the airbags installed came from a different supplier than Takata Corporation. Despite that, my 2010 Prius was recalled for replacement airbags.

  5. MikeyBee says:

    Thanks for the heads-up, DoC. My daughter got a notice about the settlement, and tossed it on her stack of things to do some time. Now she’s registered.

  6. Rox says:

    “Note: if you still own the vehicle, you can only take part in the settlement if you first bring the car into a dealership for the Takata Airbag Recall Remedy”

    I still own the vehicle and my VIN was found in the click provided “The easiest way to see eligibility is by simply checking your VIN here.” but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, http://www.safercar.gov doesn’t have any recalls for my VIN.

    So how should I proceed? Should I take the car to the dealership?

    • philywei1 says:

      I’m in the same shoes with you. Found my VIN matched on the link above but not on the safecar.gov website. Don’t know what to do next…

    • David B says:

      I ran into this issue as well for my Mazda. According to the link provided I’m eligible for the settlement however when I enter my VIN on the Mazda website it says my vehicle has no recalls at this time.

      • RF says:

        Yes, same here for my Toyota. It says my VIN is included in the class action, but on toyotas website it doesn’t list it as a recall for me. It does have a link to a mention of the recall.

        https://www.toyota.com/recall/takata#expandedTakataSafetyInfo

        Reading up on that link, it sounds like the recall is done in phases. Southern hot/humid states get recalled first, then central states, and finally northern states. The reason is, the hot humid states are likely to fail sooner (6 to 9 years) whereas the northern states are estimated to be good for 15-20 years before the problem develops. So presumably they are prioritizing available inventory to perform the recall, and my vehicle will get recalled later in phase 3.

        It does make it confusing however when to file the class action. It says we have up to 1 year after the recall is performed to file, but also says that

        “until the Final Registration/Claim Deadline is reached. Important: No Registration/Claim Forms may be submitted after the Final Registration/Claim deadline. The Effective Date and the Final Registration/Claim deadline are not yet known, but will be posted prominently on this Settlement website when they are known.”

        Hopefully there is reasonable time between when the recall is available for everyone and when then deadline is set to occur.

    • Jane says:

      I was in the same shoes, and was told that even for a same model car, different airbags were used. For example my Toyota Corolla is eligible seeing its model & year, but when I check the VIN on safercar.gov, it doesn’t have any recalls because this specific car did not get that specific faulty airbag.

      Someone correct me if I’m wrong but that’s what I was told when I went for the check up after getting the post card few months back. Model & Year is the preliminary check, and VIN from safercar should tell you if it indeed has a recall.

  7. Ryan says:

    As always, thanks for the heads up, but the headline is a little misleading.

    The settlement does NOT include Honda yet, though Honda looks like they are going to be ponying up soon- https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/03/honda-takata-airbag-settlement/

  8. Drivesabrowntruck says:

    Actually had a postcard sent to me for my wife’s Mazda CX-9. Scheduled a time and took it in. Dealership gave her a loaner for the day, had another recall for the control arm replacement on it as well they were fixing. 4 hours later got a call to come pick it up. No issues filing for it, just be aware, before you can file you have to have had the airbags replaced.

  9. Morgan says:

    Heads up, it can take a few months for the parts to arrive at the dealership (especially here in Texas where the parts ship from Houston).

    Is there any remedy for someone who is waiting to get their airbags replaced due to part delay but still wants to file a claim? This seems like a rather short time-frame considering the lack of supply.

  10. Morgan says:

    Edit:

    I just spoke with a representative on the phone number listed on their website. They say you have a full year to file your claim from either:
    1. The date you receive the postcard/notification of class action settlement
    2. The date the settlement is reached

    Whichever is later.

  11. chris a says:

    Can multiple claims be filed if multiples vehicles were owned or leased in a household during that time period?

    • Mike says:

      I’m wondering the same thing. I owned two cars on the list (still own one of them) and my wife owns another. I’m guessing I can’t get anything for the one I bought and then sold but should we each be able to get the $250 even though we’re at the same address?

      • Michael says:

        If it was bought during a certain time frame and sold during another, you qualify. Take a look at the eligibility checker on the linked website.

  12. Dave says:

    Somehow my family and I missed this recall. My parents owned a 2009 Corolla and were in a nasty collision that totaled the car and led to a huge hematoma on my mom’s forehead. She’s OK but did have to go to ER. We wondered why the passenger airbag didn’t deploy. Now I know.

  13. Jerry says:

    If I bought and sold the eligible car within the date range April 11, 2013 through June 9, 2017, am I able to file the claim?

  14. Nina says:

    so if I still currently own a Honda car and there is no recall, that means I’m not eligible for the $250?

  15. Mike says:

    First, great post! Thanks! Second have you heard anything on Volkswagen yet? I must get a letter a week about them. I leased a car last year but don’t have it anymore! Thanks Doc

  16. Steven says:

    This is weird. I own a Volkswagen CC, which I just had in for service on the recall notice. I guess VW has enough legal issues going on, but it looks as though they are not at all part of the settlement. Oh well…

  17. Gb says:

    We have a leased ’16 Outback which, per the Takata recall site: https://www.autoairbagsettlement.com says is an affected VIN. However, when searched on Safercar.gov, it says nada, and in the list of affected cars on the https://www.nhtsa.gov/recall-spotlight/takata-air-bags, ’16 Outback is not included.

    Which source is authentic? And forget about the class action, do I have a recall on this car or not?

  18. J.M. says:

    Just filed my Honda claim, so it’s apparently open for registration now.

  19. JuicyJosh says:

    Just received mailer notification today Honda and Acura are now part of this.

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