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: Condo Collapse: Despite Broken Pelvis After 4-Story Fall, Mom Pulls Daughter Out Of Rubble
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: Condo Collapse: FIU Professor Found Surfside Building Had Been Sinking For Decades
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: Condo Collapse: Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava Signs Emergency Order
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