Published: Mon, July 24, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Takata airbag recalls affecting Australian consumers

Takata airbag recalls affecting Australian consumers

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Mallee and Church street after the Honda CRV and a Toyota Celica collided.

The 58-year-old male driver of the Honda CRV unfortunately died at the scene.

An investigation into the incident has revealed the death of the man was likely due to a fault in the air bag, resulting in him being struck in the neck by a small fragment.

In 2013, Takata Corporation recalled about 3.6 million cars equipped with faulty air bags which were linked to series of deaths and injuries associated with defective Takata air bags inflators.

However, Honda Australia director Stephen Collins confirmed that the vehicles involved in the death of Australian man was linked to worldwide recall.

Japanese airbag maker Takata faces tens of billions of dollars in costs and liabilities resulting from nearly a decade of recalls and lawsuits.

The manufacturer has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States and Japan.

Prior to last week's incident, there had not been any fatalities involving Takata airbags in Australia.

She was struck in the head by a small metal fragment, NT Police said at the time.

Auto owners have been encouraged by authorities to ensure their vehicle is not featured on the list of recalled vehicles, which are understood to have faulty airbags.

Takata Corp filed for bankruptcy last month after being forced to recall around 100 million air bags worldwide - but that figure could be set to double pending an ultimatum set by USA regulators.

A full listing of the current recalls is available below.

The recall is the largest in automotive history.

Faulty Takata airbags are known to have been installed in some models made by: BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peformax, Subaru and Toyota.

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