Takata car airbags recall

The Federal Government is demanding answers from vehicle manufacturers about their program to recall vehicles which include potentially faulty Takata airbags.

 

The call comes following the recent tragic death of a motorist in Sydney, alleged by NSW police to be a Takata airbag deploying incorrectly.

 

‘Following discussions today between me, my Ministerial colleague Michael McCormack and Chairman of the ACCC Rod Sims, Minister McCormack and I are writing today to all automotive manufacturers with models potentially affected, seeking a comprehensive status update on the progress of their recall program and their communications with owners of vehicles potentially affected,’ said Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher.

 

‘I have also directed my Department – the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, which regulates the first supply of motor vehicles in Australia under the Commonwealth Motor Vehicle Standards Act – to provide me and Minister McCormack with an urgent and comprehensive report on the progress and current status of the recall program.’

 

The automobile manufacturers involved – BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Ferrari, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Performax, Subaru and Toyota – are conducting voluntary recall programs, which have been underway since 2009 when it first became known that there were flaws with Takata airbags.

 

Since 2009, vehicle manufacturers have been recalling vehicles fitted with potentially defective airbag inflators produced by Takata resulting in the mis-deployment of the airbag.

 

Takata is a Japanese company which manufactures airbags installed by many manufacturers in their vehicles sold around the world. The recall process, in Australia and elsewhere, began after it emerged that there were safety problems with certain airbags manufactured by Takata over a period of time.

 

If you are not sure if your vehicle is affected, as a first step you should go to product safety website of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission which gives further information including a list of potentially affected makes and models of vehicle. If you discover that your vehicle is potentially affected, you should contact your local dealer as soon as possible.

 

25 July 2017.