About the compulsory Takata airbag recall

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That's the simple reasoning behind Australia's first-ever compulsory recall, which will force auto makers to hunt down deadly Takata airbags fitted to 2.7 million cars, and replace them all by 2020.

"While nearly one in five passenger vehicles on Australian roads have now been recalled, the voluntary recall process has not been effective in some cases, and some manufacturers have not taken satisfactory action to address the serious safety risk which arises after the airbags are more than six years old". Consequently, upon deployment the inflator could rupture explosively, destroying the metal casing surrounding the propellant and spraying shrapnel into the vehicle's passenger cabin.

About 2.7 million vehicles have been recalled voluntarily, and 1.7 million had their airbags replaced.

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

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has ordered these manufacturers to provide a list of Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) of the 875,000 additional affected vehicles by April 3. He said about 27,000 of these Alpha airbags were still to be replaced, and warned owners not to drive the cars that contained them.

As at January 2018, the overall replacement rate for all voluntary recalls was only approximately 63% of the total number of affected vehicles in Australia.

News Corp has reported 1.7 million cars in Australia have been fixed since the worldwide recall was announced in April previous year.

The government's advice for those whose vehicles have been recalled is to contact their local dealer or manufacturer to book in a time to replace the airbag.

"If a recalled vehicle has an alpha airbag, there is an immediate and extreme safety risk and these vehicles should not be driven".

Faulty inflators are the root cause of the gigantic worldwide Takata airbag recall
Faulty inflators are the root cause of the gigantic worldwide Takata airbag recall

National Roads and Motorists' Association spokesman Peter Khoury, an Australian motorists advocate, said the compulsory recall was long overdue.

But about 450,000 airbags were replaced with a like-for-like airbag that need to be removed.

Below is a current list of the affected cars, motorcycles and trucks, including some brands which have already been placed under voluntary recall.

The cost of the recall will be borne by the manufacturers.

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

Under the settlement, Takata will continue its recall, and along with the automakers will pay for replacement air bags.

When you take your vehicle to a dealer to get replaced you are entitled to a hire auto.

The second category relates to what Sims described as airbags that were "not badly made, they just have a design fault", and account for most of the recalls.


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