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Airbag Maker Calsonic May Be Sued in South Carolina Over Crash

June 27, 2019, 8:12 PM

Japanese airbag maker Calsonic Kansei Corp.'s North American affiliate is subject to suit in South Carolina over an auto accident in which a Nissan Sentra’s airbag allegedly failed to deploy, a federal court ruled.

The affiliate’s direct sales in South Carolina and its ongoing relationship with Nissan, which sells vehicles nationwide, combine to show the state’s courts can exercise jurisdiction over it, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina ruled June 26.

Gary Holliday’s 2011 Sentra was hit by a tractor trailer, according to the court. The impact sent his car off the highway and into a ...