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Todd Smith Appointed Co-Lead Counsel in Takata Airbag Litigation

Several months ago, it was revealed that a dangerous defect in Takata airbags could cause injury to millions of Americans. A recall was eventually issued by Takata, but for those injured and killed by the defective airbags, the recall came too late.

Todd A. Smith, partner at Power Rogers & Smith in Chicago, explains "It has been found that Takata airbags are defective and can violently explode and spray metal debris at the vehicle’s occupants."

When an investigation revealed that Takata and the automakers knew for years about potential problems with the airbags, but failed to warn customers or alert regulators until recently, lawsuits across the country were filed against both Takata and, in many cases, the automakers, including Honda Motor Co., BMW, Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Subaru Co. Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corp.

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Recently, U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno, who is overseeing more than 85 lawsuits that have been file in the U.S. Federal Court in Miami, appointed four plaintiffs' lawyers from around the U.S. as lead counsel, including Todd A. Smith.

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The resulting Takata airbag litigation is one of the largest class actions in United States history.

Smith, along with David Boies of Boies, Schiller & Flexner in New York, will serve as co-lead counsel for the economic damage class, which has been estimated to involve as many as 25 million motor vehicles.

Florida attorney Curtis Miner will serve as lead counsel for plaintiffs who have cases where the airbags allegedly causing personal injuries or deaths.

Smith said he was pleased with the appointment and looked forward to working with an “excellent group of lawyers.”

For more information on the lawsuit, see this article published by Reuters on March 17, 2015: U.S. judge taps lead lawyers for Takata air bag cases