On January 16, 2018, Judge Ronald B. Leighton, of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, ruled that Ford Motor Company ("Ford") must face some of the claims in a proposed class action over allegedly defective sunroofs that can spontaneously shatter.
Honda Motor Co. and Takata Corp. are the targets of a recently filed lawsuit alleging the manufacturers prioritized profits over customer safety. The suit, which seeks class-action status, claims that Takata built cheap airbags to cut costs and that Honda bought the airbags to cut manufacturing expenses. Consequently, the airbags are "killing and maiming drivers and passengers involved in otherwise minor and survivable accidents."
People generally assume that products available to consumers are reasonably safe when used in the proper manner. However, the reality is that each year many products have to be recalled because they pose an unreasonable risk of injury or death, even if the products were initially approved by government regulators.