Update Friday: A settlement has been reached shortly before a hearing Friday on whether airbag maker Takata’s CEO must answers questions in a Florida case, according to plaintiff attorneys.
“All I can tell you is the matter has resolved,” attorney Ted Leopold of Cohen Milstein in Palm Beach Gardens said. “I think the family is very pleased that there was a full measure of justice in these proceedings and looks forward to moving on with their lives.”
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. An attempt to seek comment from an attorney representing Takata was not successful.
Original post: In a hearing Friday, a Palm Beach Gardens lawyer for a Florida family suing airbag maker Takata wants a court to determine whether CEO Shigehisa Takada must answer questions in the case.
“It would be the first time he’s ever had to answer questions on this publicly,” said attorney Ted Leopold, who represents Kelly Sims, daughter of the late Patricia Mincey.
The deposition would “ensure the full and complete story is known to the public,” he said.
Mincey, a Jacksonville woman in her late 70s, died in April, two years after sustaining catastrophic injuries that left her a quadriplegic when the airbag in her Honda Civic inflated forcefully during a minor collision, according to Leopold.
Attempts to reach Takata attorneys for comment were not successful. In April, the company said, “We are saddened by the news of Patricia Mincey’s death and offer our condolences to the Mincey family.”
A hearing on the CEO’s deposition and other issues is scheduled for Friday in Duval County Circuit Court.
The Takata chief, the grandson of the company founder, said in June he plans to step down as the firm struggles with the largest automotive safety recall in history. Problems with airbags have been linked to 14 deaths and more than 100 injuries.