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Car Recall Over Dodgy Airbags

It’s good to get important safety information out there, particularly when some of the cars on our roads could be really quite unsafe.  Recently, there has been a Takata airbags recall due to some faulty airbag systems placed in certain modern cars of specific makes and models.

A US authority investigated for underlying faults present in airbag systems.  They had information that certain airbags had had a problem with the airbag inflators.  In order to confirm the fault was at large, they had a research and engineering firm Battelle perform testing on some airbags by test airbag inflators in their lab.  The results were quite alarming and showed that in Takata airbags there were airbag inflators that had deteriorated with age and, when they were deployed, the inflators exploded and shattered the casing material.  If there did happen to be an occupant behind one of these airbags in a car accident, then the hurtling material, set off like a grenade, would strike the seat occupants head and chest areas causing severe injury and in some cases death.

The airbag inflators contain ammonium nitrate propellants which can become volatile as they age when exposed to changing temperatures, humidity and moisture.  This volatility can cause them to explode and thrust shrapnel into both drivers and passengers inside the vehicle.  The flying debris has been known to puncture people’s eyes, face, neck and chest.  Faulty Takata airbags have also been linked to 18 deaths globally.

The results in the testing drove the car manufacturers (who had used Takata airbag systems in their cars) to reacall the vehicles to fix the problem.  This has been the biggest car recall in history, and there has been a waiting list for the replacement airbag.  A further investigation has also shown that some of the manufacturers have replaced the old airbag systems with similar systems that will end up with the same problem as they age, so the new device might not be a permanent fix. Not a very bright thing to do!

Choice investigators have said that millions of cars still have faulty airbags, and they want the car industry to do more to raise public awareness.  They also state that a number of car manufacturers — including BMW, Toyota, Mazda, Lexus and Subaru —have been replacing the airbags with like-for-like devices as a temporary fix – ultimately not fixing the problem.

Tom Godfrey, a spokesman for Choice, said that “Refitting vehicles with the same dangerous airbags still leaves people driving ticking time-bombs.”

If you think your car could be one of the 2.1 million Australian vehicles recalled, Product Safety Australia says that you should contact your local dealership or your manufacturer and find out if your car needs to have the airbags replaced.

At the time of writing, the list below names the makes and models of the known cars to be at risk of the fault.  This list is updated as new makes and models are recalled, so you can look up www.productsafety.gov.au for further details.

 

Make Year
BMW 3 Series E46 1999 – 2006
BMW 5 Series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53 2002 – 2005
BMW 5 series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53 Check PRA No.
Chrysler 300(LE/LX) 2005 – 2012
Chrysler 300C 2005 – 2010
Dodge RAM 2004 – 2010
Ferrari 458, California, FF 2008 – 2011
Ford Mustang 2006 – 2014
Honda Accord/CRV 2001 – 2002
Honda Civic 2001
Honda Accord 2001 – 2002
Honda Civic, CR-V, Jazz 2001 – 2003
Honda Jazz 2004
Honda Accord, CR-V, Civic, Jazz 2003 – 2004
Honda Accord Euro, CR-V, Civic, Jazz 2002 – 2009
Honda Jazz, CR-V 2005 – 2007
Honda MDX, Accord 2001 – 2006
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz 2006 – 2012
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz 2011 – 2014
Honda Civic, Legend, Jazz 2006 – 2012
Honda Accord Euro, City, CR-V, Jazz, Insight 2007 – 2011
Honda Legend, Odyssey, Accord, MDX 2003 – 2011
Honda Civic, Accord 2006 – 2011
Jeep Wrangler JK 2007 – 2012
Lexus SC430 2000 – 2003
Lexus IS 250, IS 250C, 350, IS F 2005 – 2011
Lexus IS 250, IS 350, IS 250C, IS-F, LFA 2011 – 2012
Mazda 2, B Series, BT-50 2006 – 2011
Mazda 2, RX-8 2003 – 2014
Mazda 6 2002 – 2003
Mazda 6, RX-8 2002 – 2004
Mazda 6 2002 – 2004
Mazda 6 2006 – 2009
Mazda 6, RX-8, B2500 ute/cab chassis, B2600 ute/cab chassis, BT-50 2002 – 2011
Mitsubishi GA & GB i-MiEV 2010 – 2011
Mitsubishi Lancer 2003 – 2008
Mitsubishi ML & MN Triton 2007 – 2014
Mitsubishi Pajero NS, NT, NW, NX 2007 – 2016
Mitsubishi Pajero NS & NT 2006 – 2009
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol 2001
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol Check PRA No.
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol, D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail 2000 – 2004
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, A33 maxima 2001 – 2003
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 maxima 2003
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 maxima 2004 – 2007
Nissan D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail, J31 Maxima 2007 – 2008
Nissan D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol 2009 – 2012
Nissan D40 Navara 2008 – 2014
Nissan Tiida 2006 – 2012
Peformax Silverado, Sierra, Mustang 2007 – 2008
Subaru Impreza 2004 – 2007
Subaru Impreza, Forester 2008 – 2009
Subaru Tribeca, Liberty, Outback 2004 – 2009
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso 2000 – 2004
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 2002 – 2003
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso, Yaris 2003 – 2007
Toyota Corolla, Yaris, Avensis Verso 2006 – 2011
Toyota Corolla, Yaris & Rukus 2010 – 2012
Toyota Avensis Verso, Yaris 2007 – 2008
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 2003 – 2005
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 2002 – 2003

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