WILMINGTON, Del., July 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ClassAction.com and Morgan & Morgan attorney Andrew Parker Felix announces that his client, Alexander Bowers, who is part of a group of drivers injured by Takata Corp.'s defective airbags, was named to a committee designed to ensure that the company's bankruptcy filing doesn't leave airbag victims in the dust.
Alexander Bowers was appointed by the U.S. Trustee for the District of Delaware to a seven-person Creditors' Committee comprised of Takata airbag victims and their attorneys who have filed personal injury or economic loss lawsuits. Takata recently filed for bankruptcy, which occurred in the midst of almost 20 reported deaths and 100 million cars recalled worldwide — all related to the company's malfunctioning and lethal airbags.
"I never in my life imagined that a safety device like an airbag would injure me like it did, but as a member of the victims Creditors' Committee I can ensure that no one else has to endure what I have. It's only fair that no one forgets about us," ClassAction.com and Morgan & Morgan client Alexander Bowers said.
Felix and others had asked the U.S. Trustee to form the committee because they were concerned that injured plaintiffs would not have the representation to which they're entitled in Takata's bankruptcy proceedings. The approval of this committee is noteworthy, because large-scale recent bankruptcies in the auto industry, such as those involving GM and Chrysler, have not appointed separate creditors' committees for injured plaintiffs.
As members of a committee, Alexander Bowers and the other plaintiffs now have the chance to formally be heard as creditors.
"I, along with Mr. Bowers and all of the Takata airbag victims thank the U.S. Trustee for the District of Delaware for understanding our position and realizing that all voices matter," Felix said.
Takata's bankruptcy filing occurred after it was forced to pay a billion-dollar fine to settle criminal charges and set up a $125 million personal injury fund. However, plaintiffs and their counsel have argued that the fund isn't large enough to properly compensate current and future victims killed or injured by Takata airbags that shoot metal shrapnel when activated.
Even so, Felix and his team are prepared to fight Takata and the car companies who might have knowingly used faulty airbags.
"Our large, national firm with its vast resources and decades of experience will ensure that all Takata airbag victims are sufficiently compensated for their devastating and life-altering injuries," Felix said.
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