Takata airbag recall to affect nearly 4m cars in Australia

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Vehicles assessed as high risk based will be prioritised.

Globally, ruptures of defective Takata airbags have been associated with at least 23 deaths and 230 injuries.

He also believes one or more suppliers of vehicles with defective Takata airbags have not taken satisfactory action to prevent those vehicles causing injury to drivers and/or passengers, a further reason for the compulsory recall.

An investigation past year by Australian consumer rights group Choice found that in some cases, automakers used defective Takata airbags as temporary replacements for the ones already in the cars because of a lack of available parts.

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

- It is one of the largest and most significant recalls in Australia's history, involving four million cars with defective airbags: that's two-in-seven cars on the road.

He said this was because in some cases faulty airbags had been replaced with like-for like.

The scale of the recall is so big it will be done on a rolling basis with priority given to replacing airbags posing the most risk.

These are known as "Alpha" airbags.

- High levels of moisture penetrating the airbag can alight the propelling mechanism too quickly, causing metal fragments to explode outwards.

"It is an indictment of this government that they have taken them so long to pull the trigger on a compulsory recall".

"Due to the safety risk, do not ignore or delay responding to a letter from your vehicle manufacturer asking you to have airbags replaced", he said.

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It follows a voluntary recall made by a number of vehicle manufacturers a year ago.

"We also talked with manufacturers to understand the effects of the recalls, and that what we're putting in place is both workable and is immediate as it possibly can be", Sims said.

More than 50 million airbags in more than 37 million vehicles have been recalled to date.

A list of affected vehicles could be viewed here. The explosive material inside the defective airbags can deteriorate and become unstable over time.

"What I want to stress here is that not all the. airbags are unsafe now". "They were the original airbags that people were aware of in 2009", he said.

"They're cars that were made in about 2001 to 2004".

For example, if you own a Toyota Corolla, your Toyota dealership will cover the cost of parts and labour required to replace the Takata airbag.

In Australia, a man was killed and a woman was seriously injured in relation to the airbag a year ago, according to the ACCC. "There's a problem in the design", Mr Sims said.

"Over the past few months we have noticed the number of customers presenting their vehicle for fix has dropped significantly".

Manufacturers say they will attempt to contact affected owners by mail but have warned it can be hard to track down owners of older cars or cars that have been sold second hand.

Over 100 million cars have been affected by the airbags worldwide.

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