It took an unfortunate crash and a death of a man at a Sydney intersection to discover what is now the biggest car recall in history. The Takata airbag has been linked to almost 20 deaths and 180 injuries worldwide, according to Choice. The consumer advocate calls these airbags “ticking time bombs”. Investigation by the U.S. authorities included tests of the airbag inflators, courtesy of research and engineering firm Battelle.
The recall affects around 2.1 million Australian vehicles. Product Safety Australia recommends calling your manufacturer or local dealership to find out if your car is in the list.
According to Choice spokesman Tom Godfrey, who describes the Sydney crash as a “tragic reminder” for drivers to check whether their vehicles carrying the faulty airbags.
“Toyota, Mazda, BMW, Subaru, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep), Lexus, and Ford all have vehicles impacted by the recall,” he said.
“These potentially lethal products have already sparked the largest automotive recall in history and have killed more than a dozen people worldwide.”
“So if you own one of these makes, please check Product Safety Australia to see if your model has been affected.”
If your vehicle is not affected by the recall, you should still have it checked for defects that can cost you your car and your life. Consult with Roverworks, Canberra’s top choice for automotive repairs, parts and maintenance. Our mechanic team specialises in Land Rover and Range Rover models, in addition to servicing of 4x4s, off-road and other car models. Visit our shop for a quick check-up, consultation, Chrysler repairs, or Dodge maintenance and parts.