What do whistleblowers and class actions have to do with one another? Until now, very little. That is changing according to a recent announcement by noted whistleblower attorney Brian Mahany. He claims defective Takata airbags have killed 13 people and seriously injured up to 200 others.
Takata pleaded guilty to criminal charges and is now insolvent after being hit with almost $1 billion in fines.
Mahany says that the auto manufacturers share equal blame. This week he announced an investigation of Volkswagen and Audi. He seeks both inside whistleblowers and owners of cars affected by the recalled airbags.
According to records from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, approximately 42 million cars have been recalled because of potentially explosive airbags.
Drivers and front seat passengers in high heat and high humidity areas are most at risk of explosions. (If you aren’t sure if your car is on the recall list or is even safe to drive, check the NHTSA Takata Recall Database.)...