Airbags are designed to keep you and your passengers safe in the event of a collision, rapidly inflating to cushion the impact and prevent potentially catastrophic injury.
However, if your car has faulty airbags, both you and your passengers could be at risk of serious injury or even death if the airbags deploy.
Unfortunately, faulty airbags have become a big deal lately, with tens of millions of vehicles across the world recalled for containing potentially deadly Takata airbags, with a number of fatalities and injuries recorded.
Whether you own your car or you are on the hunt for good value carsales in Sydney to pick up your next gem, you want to know that you are protected by your airbags in the event of a collision.
So how can you check if your cars airbags are faulty and what can you do if there are issues?
Worldwide, at the time of writing, there have been 26 deaths and 300 people injured by faulty Takata airbags, which were installed in several brands and models of vehicles over the past 20 years.
The issue with the Takata airbags is their ammonium nitrate-based propellent without a chemical drying agent.
It is understood that factors such as humidity, high temperatures, and age of the airbag can improperly inflate the airbags.
In the event of a collision, the airbag may also go off with too much explosive force, causing shrapnel to propel from the airbag and injure or kill the occupants of the vehicle.
There are two types of recalls currently underway for Takata airbags – critical and active.
A critical recall is in place for cars containing alpha airbags, which are a subset of Takata airbags installed and supplied in Australia between 2001-2004.
These airbags are considered a higher safety risk than the regular Takata airbags, as they have been shown to rupture more frequently. As such, owners of vehicles with alpha airbags installed in their vehicle should stop driving their car and immediately have their airbags replaced by a qualified technician.
An active recall is present for the regular Takata airbags. According to the Australian Government’s Product Safety website, any vehicles under active recall should have their airbag replaced now, and vehicle owners should contact the car manufacturer as soon as possible to arrange an appointment for replacement.
Takata airbag replacements will be provided free of charge by your vehicle manufacturer, however you will need to arrange an appointment with them to have the airbag/s replaced.
In the interest of consumer safety, the Australian Government has issued a compulsory recall for a considerable number of brands and models that contain Takata airbags.
Brands affected include Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Citroen, Dodge, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors Chevrolet, Holden, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Mustang Australia, Nissan, Performax, Skoda, Tesla, Toyota and Volkswagen.
Some popular models include:
The full list of the current car brands and models affected by the active recall can be found on the Australian Government’s Product Safety website.
Regardless of whether your car is new from a dealership or second hand from a used car dealer or private seller, you are entitled to a replacement airbag free of charge from your car manufacturer.
Vehicle owners can also check the Is My Airbag Safe website to check if their vehicle is affected – you are required to put in your number plate and your state/territory to search the database.
Recalls of this scale take time, which is why manufacturers are currently working through a schedule for the models included in the Takata airbag recall.
As part of the recall, vehicle manufacturers must recall and replace defective Takata airbag in a timely manner, according to a number of priority factors, including geographical location of the vehicle, vehicle age and location of the faulty airbag.
If you are a vehicle owner and your car hasn’t previously been part of the critical or active Takata airbag recall, you should still keep an eye out for future recalls.
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Our team are ready to assist you with any burning questions or safety concerns you may have about any vehicle we sell.
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