The ACCC is urging drivers of vehicles with defective Takata airbags installed to check if their car is affected by the biggest global vehicle recall in history before driving long distances this summer.
The higher risk alpha airbags were installed in some models of Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mazda and Lexus cars, sold in Australia sold in Australia from around 2001 to around 2004.
ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard says the airbag’s inflator component deteriorates over time and may misdeploy when the airbag is triggered in an accident, causing metal fragments to propel out of the airbag towards the vehicle occupants.
“There are around 43,000 cars on Australian roads known to contain the most dangerous types of faulty airbags, called ‘alpha’ airbags.”
“We urge drivers of vehicles with alpha airbags installed to immediately book in to have their airbags replaced before driving anywhere over the Christmas holiday period. There is a significant and much higher risk of injury or death involved in driving vehicles fitted with these alpha airbags,”
Ms Rickard says anyone with any doubt can check the site Product Safety Australia
Overall since 2009, more than 2.7 million vehicles in Australia with defective Takata airbags have been voluntarily recalled, including some models of vehicles manufactured by Honda, Toyota, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Lexus, Ferrari and Nissan.
“If your vehicle has been recalled and it does not have an alpha airbag, it still needs to be replaced and you should contact your vehicle dealer or manufacturer to book in a time to have the defective Takata airbag replaced as soon as possible. Do not delay responding to a letter from your car’s manufacturer or retailer asking you to have your car’s airbag replaced.”
“More cars are being added to the list over time so it’s important to check regularly. The replacement is free for all affected consumers.”
Check if your car has been recalled at Product Safety Australia