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Motorists urged to check for deadly airbags

Nearly 200,000 vehicles fitted with potentially deadly airbags are still on the roads, and more than 8000 of these are considered so dangerous they should not be driven at all, according to the latest ACCC figures on the compulsory recall of Takata airbags.

In addition, a significant number of vehicles fitted with a different type of faulty Takata airbag are yet to be remedied. These vehicles, which are fitted with Takata NADI airbags, are considered so dangerous that manufacturers are offering to buy back the vehicles or to provide a loan vehicle until replacement parts are available.

There have been two deaths and two injuries in Australia resulting from misdeployments of Takata NADI airbags. 

Motorists are being urged to check now if their vehicles are fitted with these recalled Takata airbags, as car dealerships are still operating and providing replacement airbags free of charge. 

“Even during this pandemic, replacing faulty airbags is an essential and potentially life-saving task, especially as vehicles may be being used by essential workers and care-givers,” ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said.

“It will also be more important than ever that as more people start to use their cars again, they check that their airbags are safe. Affected Takata airbags can misdeploy and send sharp metal fragments into the vehicle at high speed and cause serious injury or death to its occupants.

“Drivers should check online or with their dealer or manufacturer whether their vehicles are subject to this compulsory recall or the voluntary recall of Takata NADI airbags, and never ignore a notice of recall from your car’s manufacturer,” Ms Rickard said.

Globally there have been 29 deaths and over 320 serious injuries reported, including one death and one serious injury in Australia relating to airbags affected by the compulsory recall.

Over four million airbags in more than three million vehicles in Australia were originally affected by the Takata compulsory recall due to these potentially deadly airbags.

More than 88 per cent of airbags have now been rectified, and about six per cent have been reported by suppliers as written-off, stolen, unregistered, exported or modified and unable to be replaced.

Figures from the ACCC’s latest quarterly update on the compulsory recall show that about five per cent (over 228,000) of faulty airbags remain in more than 196,000 vehicles.

In particular, motorists are in danger if they have a critical vehicle containing an airbag that poses a heightened risk of causing injury or death. There still more than 8000 of these vehicles remaining on the roads, and drivers can check the Product Safety Australia website if their vehicle is affected.

“Vehicles with critical airbags should not be driven. Please contact your dealer to arrange for your vehicle to be towed to the place of repair free of charge so you do not have to drive it,” Ms Rickard said.

The ACCC is also conscious of the impact COVID-19 is having on Australian consumers and businesses.

“We understand dealerships are still operating and are offering the services outlined in the compulsory and voluntary recall notices. Both the ACCC and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications will be closely monitoring any changes to these arrangements,” Ms Rickard said.

Consumers can also search for vehicles affected by the Takata compulsory recall by entering their number plate and state or territory at: IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au or by texting 'Takata' to 0487 AIRBAG (247224).

A list of vehicle manufacturer helplines and contact details is available at: Vehicle manufacturer helplines & contact details.

Have you checked your airbag on the product recall website?

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Thanks again for putting up the reminder Ben

I check mine every time you put the link up as more and more vehicles are included in the list

Mine still good :)

According to the Police, if you have an accident and the air bag is activated, if you have glasses of any type and the air bag hits your face you can get glass or plastic in your eyes. That is one of the first questions the Police now ask because of having to call ambulances that would not otherwise have been needed.

Thanks for that info Blossom

...I did not know that.

Another important recall announced earlier this year ... Toyota and Lexus.

Increasing risk of fire or stalling due to vital engine component failing.

Over 44,000 cars and SUVs from the 2019 and 2020 model years are being recalled because they may overheat, stall, or even catch fire.

Affected vehicles include 2020 Toyota Camry, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Avalon Hybrid, and Lexus ES300h sedans, and 2019-2020 Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid SUVs.

For more details see ...

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/toyota-lexus-recall-replace-engine-avalon-camry-rav4-es/

But this is Travellers Corner, how many people would read this Thread they are too busy driving around and enjoying our country don't you think?

It would be interesting to find out who actually travel stop to read this Thread or site?

Then who actually puts their vehicles in for a service while they are driving around on a holiday seeing Australia? 

Hoping that they get their vehicle serviced before the long haul, being a very large country it would take months to drive around and look at the various road conditions that they use; not to mention the difference in insurance policies they need driving up the top end of Australia.

If you live in any of the capital cities say Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth driving up passed the 24th Parallel you need to tell your insurance company due to the different premium to be fully covered.

 

Australia 24th parallel

Another vehicle safety recall ... Hyundai fire danger

Date: 8 May 2020 — Hyundai i30, Model Years 2007-2011, 68 765 affected vehicles
                           — Hyundai Santa Fe, Model Years 2006-2009, 9 393 affected vehicles

• Due to a manufacturing error, an electronic control circuit board in the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) module will short circuit when the components are exposed to moisture.

• There is a risk of an engine compartment fire, even when the vehicle is turned off, as the circuit is constantly powered. This could increase the risk of an accident, serious injury to vehicle occupants, other road users and bystanders, and damage to property.

Affected vehicles need to be parked in an open space and away from flammable materials and structures, i.e. not in a garage.

https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/hyundai-motor-company-australia-pty-ltd-hyundai-i30-fd-my2007-2011-and-elantra-hd-my2006-2011

https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/hyundai-motor-company-australia-pty-ltd-hyundai-santa-fe-my2006-2009

 

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