Are You Eligible For a Takata Settlement Check?

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration photo shows a test of an exploding airbag.
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration photo shows a test of an exploding airbag.

On the heels of announcing that local residents are eligible for a $200 settlement payment for the manufacturing, sale and installation of faulty Takata airbags, the Attorney General’s office encouraged consumers to follow four steps to determine whether they are entitled to a check.

Takata, which filed for bankruptcy last year following a string of lawsuits tied to its airbags, has agreed to pay the U.S. Virgin Islands $1.5 million – $500,000 of which will be paid to 2,500 consumers with older vehicles equipped with the company’s airbags.

If you own any of the vehicles listed below and can verify your license plate number, you are eligible to pick up a check:

The 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup truck is one of the vehicle models with the defective Takata airbag.
The 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup truck is one of the vehicle models with the defective Takata airbag.

Acura 3.2TL: 2002 & 2003
Acura 3.2CL: 2003
BMW 3 Series: 2002, 2004 & 2006
BMW M3: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, & 2006
Chrysler 300: 2005 & 2006
Chrysler 300C: 2006
Dodge Charger: 2006 & 2007
Dodge Dakota Pickup: 2005
Dodge Durango: 2004 & 2005
Dodge Magnum: 2005, 2006 & 2007
Dodge RAM 1500 Pickup: 2004
Dodge RAM 2500 Pickup: 2004
Ford Mustang: 2005 & 2006
Ford Mustang GT: 2006
Ford Ranger: 2004, 2005 & 2006
Honda Accord: 2001, 2002 & 2003
Honda Civic: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005
Honda CR-V: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006
Honda Element: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006
Honda Odyssey: 2002
Honda Pilot: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008
Honda Ridgeline: 2006
Infiniti QX4: 2002 & 2003
Mitsubishi Lancer: 2004, 2005 & 2006
Nissan Pathfinder: 2002 & 2003
Nissan Sentra: 2002 & 2003
Subaru Impreza: 2004 & 2005
Subaru WRX: 2004
Subaru Legacy: 2005 & 2006
Subaru Outback: 2005, 2006 & 2008
Toyota Corolla: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007
Toyota Matrix: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007
Toyota Sequoia: 2005 & 2006
Toyota Tundra: 2005 & 2006
GM Pontiac Vibe: 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006
Mazda 6: 2006

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Checks can be picked up at:

– The St. John Legislature Annex Building from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 13.

– St. Croix’s Canegata Ballpark between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on June 14 and 15.

– The Attorney General’s Office at the GERS Complex on St. Thomas between 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 18 and 19.

Those seeking a check must bring their registrations and V.I. drivers licenses. Consumers whose cars could still be on the recall list should visit www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/takata-recall-spotlight or contact their vehicle dealers.

Consumers whose vehicles are under recall should make an appointment immediately with their dealers to get their Takata airbags replaced for free.

Additional information, can be found at www.dlca.vi.gov or http://www.doj.vi.gov/.

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