MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The first hearing is set for dozens of lawsuits filed around the country seeking damages for allegedly defective auto airbags made by Japan’s Takata Corp.READ MORE: Jury Enters Fifth Day Of Deliberations In Dayonte Resiles Murder Trial
The lawsuits are being consolidated for pretrial rulings before U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno.
Judge Moreno set Friday’s hearing to set a schedule to discuss other issues.READ MORE: Have You Seen This Woman? Andreae Lloyd Missing After Being Abducted From Homestead Home
More than 70 potential class-action lawsuits claim the airbags are defective because they can explode and cause injury or death with flying debris. At least six deaths have been linked to Takata air bags, sparking federal investigations.
The lawsuits mostly claim unspecified economic damages stemming from the lost value of the vehicles containing the airbags. None of the current cases seek damages for personal injury, but some could be added later.MORE NEWS: NASA Launches Infrared Laser Mission That Could Revolutionize Space Communication
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