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ACCC issues new Takata airbag warning for thousands of cars including Audi, BMW, Ford and Toyota

TIME:2019-12-17 21:27:12 READ:315

A new airbag safety risk has been flagged by Australian authorities, affecting around 78,000 vehicles across several brands.

Key points:

  • The car makes affected in the warning include Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Toyota
  • Audi and BMW have already begun a voluntary recall
  • The Takata airbags are fitted with a particular inflator, NADI 5-AT

 

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said the car makes included Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Toyota manufactured between 1996 and 2000.

They were fitted with a particular Takata airbag with a certain inflator, NADI 5-AT, and the ACCC warned it could mis-deploy in an accident.

These Takata airbags were not part of the existing recall that had affected the brand.

The ACCC said metal fragments could fly from the airbag after it inflates, causing serious injury, and in some cases could under inflate.

Authorities have already received reports of three incidents, including a fatality, suspected of involving these airbags not deploying correctly.

Audi and BMW have already begun a voluntary recall.

ACCC chair Rod Sims encouraged anyone with one of these cars to consider using alternative transport rather than drive them.

"Even though full details and appropriate remedies are still being worked out by the manufacturers, we are issuing this warning now to urge people not to use their car if it is affected by this potentially deadly airbag," Mr Sims said.

"The fastest way to deal with these issues is via a voluntary recall. A compulsory recall is a lengthy process but it will be considered if manufacturers do not take appropriate steps."

Car makes and models potentially at risk

Make Model Years Contact details
Audi A6 4B/C5 1998-2000 Audi Takata Information Line: 1800 856 770
  A8 4D/D2 1998-2000  
  A4 8D/B5 1997-2000  
  TT 8N/1 1999-2000  
  Cabriolet 8G/B4 1998-1999  
BMW E46 3 Series 1997-2000 BMW Takata Hotline: 1800 243 675
Ford Courier 1998-2000 Takata Recall Hotline: 1800 503 673
Honda Legend 1996-2000 1800 952 272 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 6:00pm AEDT)
  CR-V 1997-2000  
  Accord 1997-1999  
Mazda Eunos 800 1996-1999 Mazda Customer Support: 1800 034 411
Mitsubishi NL Pajero 1997-2000 Takata Hotline: 1800 931 811
  CE Lancer 1997-2000  
  WA Express 1997-2000  
  CE Mirage 1997-2000  
  WA Starwagon 1997-2000  
Suzuki Grand Vitara 1998-2000 1800 777 088
Toyota Starlet 3 door 1997-1999 1800 800 424 (Monday to Friday, 8:00am-7:00pm AEDT)
  Starlet 5 door 1997-1999  
  Paseo 1997-1999  
  Celica 1997-1999  
  RAV4 3 door 1997-1999  
  RAV4 5 door 1997-1999  
  Echo/Vitz 1999  

Table source: ACCC

ACCC issues new Takata airbag warning for thousands of cars including Audi, BMW, Ford and Toyota

TIME:2019-12-17 21:27:12 READ:315

A new airbag safety risk has been flagged by Australian authorities, affecting around 78,000 vehicles across several brands.

Key points:

  • The car makes affected in the warning include Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Toyota
  • Audi and BMW have already begun a voluntary recall
  • The Takata airbags are fitted with a particular inflator, NADI 5-AT

 

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said the car makes included Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Toyota manufactured between 1996 and 2000.

They were fitted with a particular Takata airbag with a certain inflator, NADI 5-AT, and the ACCC warned it could mis-deploy in an accident.

These Takata airbags were not part of the existing recall that had affected the brand.

The ACCC said metal fragments could fly from the airbag after it inflates, causing serious injury, and in some cases could under inflate.

Authorities have already received reports of three incidents, including a fatality, suspected of involving these airbags not deploying correctly.

Audi and BMW have already begun a voluntary recall.

ACCC chair Rod Sims encouraged anyone with one of these cars to consider using alternative transport rather than drive them.

"Even though full details and appropriate remedies are still being worked out by the manufacturers, we are issuing this warning now to urge people not to use their car if it is affected by this potentially deadly airbag," Mr Sims said.

"The fastest way to deal with these issues is via a voluntary recall. A compulsory recall is a lengthy process but it will be considered if manufacturers do not take appropriate steps."

Car makes and models potentially at risk

Make Model Years Contact details
Audi A6 4B/C5 1998-2000 Audi Takata Information Line: 1800 856 770
  A8 4D/D2 1998-2000  
  A4 8D/B5 1997-2000  
  TT 8N/1 1999-2000  
  Cabriolet 8G/B4 1998-1999  
BMW E46 3 Series 1997-2000 BMW Takata Hotline: 1800 243 675
Ford Courier 1998-2000 Takata Recall Hotline: 1800 503 673
Honda Legend 1996-2000 1800 952 272 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 6:00pm AEDT)
  CR-V 1997-2000  
  Accord 1997-1999  
Mazda Eunos 800 1996-1999 Mazda Customer Support: 1800 034 411
Mitsubishi NL Pajero 1997-2000 Takata Hotline: 1800 931 811
  CE Lancer 1997-2000  
  WA Express 1997-2000  
  CE Mirage 1997-2000  
  WA Starwagon 1997-2000  
Suzuki Grand Vitara 1998-2000 1800 777 088
Toyota Starlet 3 door 1997-1999 1800 800 424 (Monday to Friday, 8:00am-7:00pm AEDT)
  Starlet 5 door 1997-1999  
  Paseo 1997-1999  
  Celica 1997-1999  
  RAV4 3 door 1997-1999  
  RAV4 5 door 1997-1999  
  Echo/Vitz 1999  

Table source: ACCC

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