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Air-Bag Settlement Deals Keep Details From Crash Victims

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Confidential settlements over defective Takata Corp. air bags are sealing off relevant information that other victims could use to pursue injury claims.

While the accords make financial sense for the settling parties, defendants -- which include Takata, Honda Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV -- also gain an advantage by keeping damaging information out the hands of outsiders interested in bringing lawsuits.