Takata airbags – compulsory recall proposed

A compulsory recall of all vehicles with defective Takata airbags has been proposed, following a safety investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Faulty Takata airbags have caused serious injuries and deaths. A design flaw with the inflator components means that they may deteriorate and misdeploy in an incident, causing metal fragments to propel out of the airbag.

A voluntary recall by suppliers has been in place since 2009, however only 38% of affected vehicles have had airbag inflators replaced. This leaves more than 1.5 million vehicles with potentially dangerous Takata airbags still on the road, putting consumers at risk.

Consumers are strongly urged to check whether their vehicle has been recalled to replace defective Takata airbags. The recall affects a large number of car makes and models, and a small number of motorcycles and trucks.

It is critical that drivers with alpha airbags installed take immediate steps to have the airbags replaced as these pose the highest safety risk. Drivers with other recalled airbags should arrange for them to be replaced as soon as possible.

More information about the consultation process for the proposed compulsory recall is available at www.accc.gov.au/takata

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