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A crash test dummy sits behind a deployed airbag inside a damaged Hyundai Motor Co. NF Sonata automobile following a crash test at the Korea Automobile Insurance Repair Research and Training Center (KART), operated by the Korea Insurance Development Institute (KIDI), in Icheon, South Korea, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. KART performs research on vehicle safety to lower personal injuries from traffic accidents, reduce repair costs and provide training to insurance engineers on automobile technology and estimation, according to the company's website. A crash test dummy sits behind a deployed airbag inside a damaged Hyundai Motor Co. NF Sonata automobile following a crash test at the Korea Automobile Insurance Repair Research and Training Center (KART), operated by the Korea Insurance Development Institute (KIDI), in Icheon, South Korea, on Oct. 12, 2016. Photo: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Plaintiffs lawyers, many of whom filed lawsuits over the Takata airbag recalls, have brought more than a dozen class actions against another airbag manufacturer and several automakers, including Honda and Toyota.

The suits follow an April 19 announcement by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expanding an existing investigation of ZF-TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.’s airbags, supplied to Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America Inc., to include automakers FCA US LLC (Fiat Chrysler), American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. and Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. Many of those automakers are defendants in the lawsuits, along with ZF-TRW, based in Germany, and have brought in outside counsel to address the litigation.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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