Nearly 200,000 vehicles fitted with potentially deadly airbags are still on the roads, and more than 8,000 of these are considered so dangerous they should not be driven at all, according to the latest ACCC figures on the compulsory recall of Takata airbags.
At a time where many people are ceasing to use public transport in favour of private vehicles, drivers are reminded that it is essential to check whether your vehicle is subject to the Takata compulsory recall or voluntary Takata NADI 5-AT recall due to dangerous Takata airbags.
The ACCC is urging consumers to respond to Mazda Australia’s 9 October 2019 voluntary safety recall of Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 vehicles, as there is a serious safety issue which can result in injury or death.
The ACCC has accepted a court-enforceable undertaking from Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd (Mercedes-Benz), after Mercedes-Benz acknowledged it had failed to initiate a recall of certain C class and E class vehicles with faulty Takata airbags, due to spare parts availability, in accordance with the timeframe required under the Takata compulsory recall.
A compulsory recall applies to certain types of airbags made by Takata Corporation that use a chemical called phase-stabilised ammonium nitrate (PSAN) as a propellant and are fitted to vehicles or retrieved from vehicles as spare parts.
Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki have today issued voluntary recalls of more than 18,000 vehicles manufactured between 1996 and 1999, including the popular Toyota Starlets, offering to buy back affected vehicles.