AG Settles with Honda

By Staff Writer October 27, 2020

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently announced a $5 million settlement with American Honda Motor Company, Inc., and Honda of America Mfg., Inc. (Honda), over allegations of concealed safety issues related to defective Takata airbag systems in certain Honda and Acura vehicles. The settlement prioritizes $1.65 million in restitution for Arizona consumers, as well as a $2.13 million repair incentive program to encourage the completion of vital safety recalls.

Mark Brnovich
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO) alleged that Honda should have warned consumers purchasing its vehicles about the airbag issues by September 2012, but consumers did not receive notice until November 2015, when federal regulators fined Takata $200 million. Takata filed for bankruptcy in June 2017, but the harm from its conduct is ongoing.

Honda also agreed to injunctive relief requiring it to refrain from deceptive or misleading advertising and set up a system for employees to report safety concerns to management.

Honda previously reached a settlement with a multistate group.Β  Arizona elected not to participate because the multistate settlement provided only payments to the states and did not provide any restitution for injured consumers or incentives to get dangerous airbags fixed.

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