The Takata Airbag Recall – What You Need to Know

Posted on Jan 8th, 2020

Recently, a compulsory recall for Takata Airbags has been issued in Australia by the Hon Michael Sukkar, the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer. Drivers should check if their motor vehicle contains a faulty Takata Airbag immediately. Here’s a detailed read on the Takata Airbag Recall and what you, as a car owner, should do.

Over Three Million Vehicles in Australia Might Be Affected

Following a safety investigation by the ACCC, all vehicles containing defective airbags must be recalled immediately.

The recall is the world’s largest automotive recall, estimating to affect 100 million vehicles around the world and over 3 million Australia.

Over Sixteen Brands Have Been Affected by The Takata Airbag Recall

Many well-known Automotive Brands have been affected by the recalls including:

  • Toyota
  • Honda
  • Mazda
  • Mitsubishi
  • Holden
  • Ford
  • Nissan
  • Mercedes
  • Subaru
  • BMW
  • Chrysler
  • Jeep
  • Lexus
  • Saab
  • Opel
  • Tesla

Why Vehicles Containing Takata Airbags are Being Recalled?

The ACCC has found that it has found reasonable evidence that Takata Airbags may cause injury to drivers and passengers, and one or more suppliers have not taken satisfactory action to prevent these injuries.

The Takata Airbag has been linked to 29 deaths and over 320 injuries worldwide, with at least one death and one serious injury reported in Australia.

A defect in Takata Airbags has meant that as the airbag ages and is exposed to high temperatures, it may be triggered and deployed with too much force, causing fragments to shoot out and hit vehicle occupants, injuring or even killing them.

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What Should Drivers Do?

The first thing to do is check if your vehicle contains a defective Takata Airbag. You can do this by visiting the Takata Airbag Recalls List online. You can either scroll down to see if your vehicle is listed or search for it by make, model or year.

You can also visit ismyairbagsafe.com.au and enter your number plate and state/territory.

If your vehicle has an infected Takata Airbag, you are urged to contact the supplier of the vehicle who will also provide instructions on their website to assist customers. It should be noted that a supplier is the company who manufactured the vehicle.

Will It Cost Drivers to Replace their Airbag?

Airbags will be replaced for drivers and owners immediately at no cost to the consumer. Please contact your vehicle’s supplier to find out more.

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