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Millions of cars recalled over airbag concerns

Millions of cars recalled over airbag concerns”

Since 2017 vehicle manufacturers have been recalling cars fitted with Japanese-manufactured Takata airbags on a voluntary basis but the recall has now been made mandatory after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) made the formal recommendation to the federal government.

- Worldwide, there have been at least 23 deaths and more than 230 serious injuries reported associated with the airbags.

The government will recall cars with faulty Takata airbags that can explode, causing severe injuries to the driver or passenger, according to multiple reports.

"To ensure a coordinated recall, over the next two years manufacturers will be required to progressively identify their recalls and replace airbags in affected vehicles", he said.

"The safety of all Australians is the highest priority of the Federal Government", Sukkar said.

"The compulsory recall will force manufacturers, dealers, importers and other suppliers to ensure that all risky Takata airbags are located and replaced as quickly as possible".

As at January 2018, the overall replacement rate for all voluntary recalls was only approximately 63 per cent of the total number of affected vehicles under voluntary recall in Australia.

ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said that people who had their airbags replaced as part of the voluntary recall would need to check again if their vehicle was listed under the compulsory recall. The voluntary recalls sought to replace affected Takata airbags in recalled vehicles.

The government action comes after federal Labor called for a compulsory recall in August past year.

Ahead of the government's announcement today, the ACCC urge motorists to visit their site to check if their auto has been recalled and, if it has, to contact their dealer or the manufacturers to make arrangements for fix.

Worldwide, the Takata airbag recall is the largest in automotive history, affecting roughly 100 million vehicles. These are known as "Alpha" airbags.

- There has been one death and one case of serious injury in Australia as a result of the faulty deployment of the airbags.

"If a recalled vehicle has an alpha airbag, there is an immediate and extreme safety risk and these vehicles should not be driven".

Watch above to see if your vehicle may be on the recall list.

Here's part of list, featuring cars on the previous voluntary recall, published by Choice a year ago.

Second to this, a subset of the Takata airbags are particularly susceptible to unsafe explosion. But the government said those steps haven't been enough to deal with the danger, leaving around 2.3 million vehicles with the defective airbags still on the country's roads. In the US, the 69 million recalled inflators represents the largest automotive recall in the country's history.



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