By Bob Katzen
Attorney General Maura Healey announced the car manufacturer Honda has agreed to pay $85 million in a settlement with 48 states and territories and that Massachusetts will receive $1.7 million. The settlement is the result over allegations that the company concealed safety issues related to defects in the frontal airbag systems in certain Honda and Acura vehicles that have resulted in at least 14 deaths and more than 200 injuries in the United States.
The settlement concludes a multistate investigation into Honda’s alleged failure to inform regulators and consumers that the airbags posed a significant risk of rupture that could cause metal fragments to fly into the passenger compartments of many Honda and Acura vehicles.
“Honda’s failure to notify consumers of defects in its vehicles’ airbags endangered thousands and put lives at risk,” said Healey. “This settlement ensures that Honda takes the necessary steps to protect consumers and fully informs them of any safety issues with Honda vehicles in the future.”
Honda or Acura vehicle owners are encouraged to visit Honda’s airbag recall website at https://hondaairbaginfo.com or call its customer service toll-free number at (888) 234-2138, to see if their vehicle is subject to a recall and free repairs.