Honda Recall Signals New Era Post-Toyota Disaster

Law360, New York (February 12, 2010, 5:55 PM EST) -- Honda Motor Co.'s expanded recall of vehicles with defective air bags in the wake of Toyota Motor Corp.'s debacle over acceleration-prone cars portends a wave of litigation, regulation and new recalls amid public scrutiny of automobile makers, legal experts say.

According to James A. Bruen, a product liability defense lawyer, the Toyota and Honda recalls will focus the plaintiffs bar on automobile defects.

“The plaintiffs bar, certainly in the product liability area, likes to focus on product areas,” said Bruen, a partner in the environmental department...
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