Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited — Ford Courier MY1998-2000
What are the defects?
Affected vehicles may be fitted with a Takata NADI 5AT driver airbag inflator that could allow moisture to enter the unit and degrade the airbag propellant. If this occurs, the properties of the propellant may be changed so that the propellant does not react as intended during a collision, causing misdeployment of the airbag.
What are the hazards?
If an affected vehicle is involved in a collision, the airbag inflator could rupture, causing sharp metal fragments to enter the vehicle cabin at high speed, killing or injuring vehicle occupants.
There is also a risk that the airbag may underinflate in a collision and may not protect the driver as intended.
What should consumers do?
Owners of affected vehicles should immediately contact an authorised Ford dealer or call Ford's Takata Hotline on 1800 503 673 to organise their free urgent vehicle inspection.
If a recalled Ford vehicle is identified as containing the affected type of driver airbag inflator, Ford Australia will offer to buy back vehicles registered for road use from the owner at current market value.
Due to the age of the vehicles, replacement airbag inflators are not available.
Consumers who are unsure of whether they are affected by this recall can visit Ford’s Takata Safety Recall website https://www.ford.com.au/owners/vehicle-support/takata-airbag-recall/, contact the Ford Takata Hotline on 1800 503 673 or contact their preferred Ford dealer. Dealer locations and contact details can be found at https://www.ford.com.au/dealership/
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Further information for consumers is available at www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls