Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Mitsubishi issues national reminder to replace deadly Takata airbags

Mitsubishi issues national reminder to replace deadly Takata airbags

Wednesday's compulsory recall of 2.3 million includes the 1 million vehicles that did not have their airbags voluntarily replaced, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims said at the press conference.

Up to a million more cars could be recalled over faulty airbags, bringing the total count of affected vehicles to four million.

In the past, Takata airbags have been listed as the cause of 23 deaths and over 230 serious injuries worldwide as the safety mechanism can release unsafe shrapnel when deployed during impact.

Faulty inflators are the root cause of the big worldwide Takata airbag recall.

This is in addition to existing voluntary recalls by BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volvo and Hino Trucks.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia (MMAL) has taken out full-page advertisements in national newspapers begging for action from vehicle owners affected by the global Takata airbag recall.

While brands such as Holden and Mercedes told the consumer authority airbags fitted to European-built vehicles are "currently safe" and posed "no safety risk", the ACCC's recommendation to Minister Sukkar said evidence put forward by carmakers is "is unreliable or inconclusive" and manufacturers "have clearly not taken satisfactory action to avoid risk of injury".

Drivers are urged to check whether their motor vehicles have been recalled in order to replace defective Takata airbags.

The assistant minister said manufacturers have until 3 April this year to provide details of the additional recalled vehicles to the ACCC.

A list of recalled vehicles can be found on the Product Safety Website.

Vehicles older than six years are at a higher risk.

Consumer watchdog Choice urged Aussies previous year to check their cars for dodgy airbags after a number of injuries were reported by Australian drivers.

"Protecting the safety of Hoosier consumer is one of our top priorities", Attorney General Hill said.

Globally, many manufacturers have been slow to replace the potentially deadly inflators.

A dealer is not a supplier for the purposes of the compulsory recall obligations, but a supplier may use its dealer network to perform some of the actions required by the compulsory recall (such as replacement of the Takata airbag). "They're a minority, but it's critical the airbags are taken out, and if anybody has got an Alpha airbag, they stop driving the auto immediately, because there's a one in two chance of this deployment with those badly made airbags".

But Labor called for a compulsory recall in August 2017?

They have been subject to multiple compulsory recalls outside Australia.

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

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