BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland and dozens of other states have reached an $85 million settlement with Honda over allegations the car company concealed safety issues related to faulty airbags.

The airbags were designed and manufactured by long-time Honda supplier Takata Corporation and first installed in vehicles in the 2001 model year, Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a news release. The airbags pose a rupture risk and were responsible for at least 14 deaths and 200 injuries in the U.S.

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The attorneys general from 48 states and territories had argued Honda suspected issues with the airbags but delayed warning consumers even as it began recalling vehicles in 2008 and 2009.

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As part of the settlement, Honda will be required to take a number of steps, including adding a fail-safe protection feature to future airbag designs and make changes to its procurement process to make sure suppliers follow proper record-keeping and performance standards.

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Millions of Honda and Acura vehicles with model years ranging from 1996 to 2016 have been subject to recalls. To learn more, click here.

CBS Baltimore Staff