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This litigation relates to Heater Control Panels purchased directly from a Defendant.

Heater Control Panels, also referred to as climate control panels, generally are defined as the operational panels with buttons and switches that control the climate of the interior environment of a vehicle, as well as their respective components, modules, and assemblies for which they are a component.

You were previously notified of the existence of this class action, the nature of the Plaintiffs’ claims, and settlements with the Sumitomo, Alps, and Tokai Rika Defendants. The Court has granted final approval to each of those settlements and has approved Plaintiffs’ proposed plan for distribution of the net settlement proceeds attributable to those settlements. To see documents relating to these settlements click here.

Plaintiff has now reached a settlement with the DENSO Defendants totaling $326,216.74. The Court has preliminarily approved the settlement and has provisionally certified the Settlement Class. To see documents related to the DENSO settlement click here.

If you purchased Heater Control Panels in the United States directly from any of the Defendants during the period from January 1, 2000 through March 23, 2017, you may be a member of the DENSO Settlement Class. To receive your share of the DENSO settlement fund you must either have previously submitted a valid Claim Form in connection with the prior settlements identified above, or you must submit a valid Claim Form postmarked no later than March 18, 2022. If you previously submitted a Claim Form in the Heater Control Panels case in connection with the Alps, Sumitomo, and Tokai Rika settlements, you should not file a new Claim Form unless you wish to include additional purchases during the relevant class period that were not included in your prior submission(s).

If you believe you are a member of the DENSO Settlement Class, please review the Notice which contains information about the proposed settlement, and your rights with respect to the settlement and related matters.

Please click here if you have any questions concerning this litigation, or need any additional information.

Important Dates

  • January 7, 2022
    Opt Out Deadline
  • March 10, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
    Final Approval Hearing
    Video Conference
  • March 18, 2022
    Claim Filing Deadline