A notice to Virgin Islands vehicle owners from Attorney General Claude Earl Walker on the recent Takata settlement
On May 25, 2016, the Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint against TK Holdings and Takata Corporation in V.I. Superior Court asserting causes of action related to Takata airbags and seeking civil penalties. The Virgin Islands asserted claims that Takata engaged in unlawful practices in connection with the manufacturing, marketing and selling of its dangerous airbags installed in vehicles sold to Virgin Islands consumers.
Takata, which filed for bankruptcy last year, has agreed to pay the Virgin Islands approximately $1.5 million and a significant portion of these settlement proceeds will be used to give $200 each to 2,500 Virgin Islands consumers who own older vehicles equipped with Takata airbags.
Consumers must follow these four (4) steps to determine if they are eligible:
Review the following list of vehicles below to determine whether you own any vehicle listed:
If you own a vehicle listed in Step 1 and you see your license plate number listed in Step 2, then please appear at the one of the following locations:
The St. John Legislature Annex Building on June 13, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Canegata Ballpark on June 14 and 15, 2018, between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The Attorney General’s Office at the GERS Complex on June 18 and 19, 2018, between 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please bring the following items when you appear at one of these locations:
Finally, Ford and Mazda are advising owners of 2006 Rangers and B-Series trucks not to drive these vehicles, unless they are going to a dealer to have their Takata airbags replaced immediately.
I urge consumers to visit www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/takata-recall-spotlight or to contact their vehicle dealers to determine whether their airbags have been recalled. Consumers whose vehicles are under recall should make an appointment immediately with their dealers to get their Takata airbags replaced for free. If you have further questions or want more information, please visit www.dlca.vi.gov or http://www.doj.vi.gov/, or call (340) 774-5666.