takata airbag recall: what to do if your car is on the list
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Source: Australia on Wednesday issued the largest mandatory recall of vehicles ever, and the federal government ordered the recall.
3 million vehicles replaced defective Takata airbags by the roadside, causing more than 230 serious injuries worldwide and at least 23 deaths.
As one of the largest and most important recalls in Australia\'s history, there are almost twoin-
Seven cars on the road are affected, which will make many people wonder what to do next.
What is the problem?
After the Australian Competition and Consumer Council conducted extensive investigations into dangerous airbags that fired shrapnel into passengers inside the vehicle, a recall proposal was made.
This failure is caused by the high humidity that permeates the airbag, which makes the propulsion mechanism too fast, causing metal debris to explode outward.
In Australia, one person was killed and one seriously injured by a faulty airbag.
Who is most at risk?
The recall will be staggered according to the emergency, giving priority to the \"Alpha\" airbag found in the old car.
It is understood that there are about 27,000 vehicles installed with these airbags, but it is not clear how many of them are still on Australian roads.
Tom Godfrey, a spokesman for consumer body selection, said there is almost one alpha airbagin-
There are two opportunities to launch shrapnel when deployed.
\"If you have a car with an alpha inflator, you should not drive it because these cars are particularly dangerous.
\"Call your supplier immediately and arrange for them to drag your car for repair,\" he said . \". Other high-
Dangerous airbags are airbags found in vehicles over the age of six and in driving carsside inflators.
Vehicles in hot and humid areas
Like the northern part of Queensland.
Priority will also be given.
How do I know if I am affected?
At present, manufacturers BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Ford Mustang, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, vodmax, Subaru and Toyota are all on the list of mandatory recalls that can be found on this article found at the bottom.
ACCC announced that certain models of Audi, Volkswagen, Skoda, Ford, Holden, Tesla, Jaguar and Land Rover will be added to the recall once more information is available --
The list of exact models has not yet been released by the manufacturer.
To find out if your vehicle is one of the vehicles mentioned on the recall list, you need to know your vehicle identification number (VIN)—a unique 17-
The character serial number that can be found on your vehicle or in documents such as rego.
This is where to find your VIN and this is what is needed to see if your vehicle is on the recall list.
Image: ACCCSource: this information is provided by the supplier, you can contact your car manufacturer, or if the brand adds VIN checker to their website, you can check it there
It is also worth noting that you should be careful to enter VIN while searching the database and list, as errors may give you incorrect information about your vehicle.
If your vehicle has not been actively recalled at the moment, you will need to check again in the future as your vehicle may initiate a recall action later.
What should I do if my vehicle is recalled?
If your vehicle is in active recall status, please contact the supplier as soon as possible to find out when a defective airbag can be replaced.
The contact information of the supplier is included in the recall letter, supplier website or ACCC.
It is also worth making sure your supplier has your correct contact details so that you can receive all correspondence regarding the recall
If you are not on the emergency list, they may contact you at a later date and within the time frame that this issue can be resolved.
Also, even if your airbag has been replaced after the collision, you should still have your vehicle assess whether a defective Takata airbag has been installed.
What about the second one? HAND VEHICLES?
Whether the vehicle you purchased is brand new or used, you are entitled to a replacement airbag for free.
If you are not sure if your vehicle will be informed of Takata airbag recall, please contact the manufacturer to make sure they have your current contact details.
The person selling the affected vehicle must inform the new owner that if sold before replacement, the vehicle has an affected Takata airbag.
If you agree, you should also contact the manufacturer\'s Australian office to provide them with the contact details of the new owner.
If your car is in active recall status when you buy it from a second time --
Hand dealer, contact ACCC because the car in the active recall state cannot be sold until the defect is replaced.
Vehicles that have not yet started the recall action can still be sold, provided the buyer is informed verbally and in writing of the risks associated with the airbag. Airbag recall -
Is your car affected?
Who has to address this and what costs are involved?
If your vehicle is one of the many affected vehicles, the cost of replacement will be borne by the vehicle manufacturer
Not you, not a dealer.
Those who buy cars in very remote locations and find it difficult to get in will be able to force dealers to visit them to solve the problem.
If you have to leave the car to the supplier for more than 24 hours in order to replace the airbag, then the supplier must provide you with a loan or a car rental, or, if you request, a reasonable alternative transportation.
Also, if you do not want to drive to the dealer, the manufacturer is obliged to provide you with a trailer.
If you are experiencing a delay and are required to pay for the replacement or if the dealer fails to provide you with alternative shipping on request, please contact ACCC.
How long will I wait?
Mandatory recall requires all vehicle suppliers with defective Takata airbags to recall all affected vehicles in Australia and all work will be completed by December 31, 2020.
Since Alpha airbags and vehicles with higher risk are prioritized, it may take several years for all affected airbags to be replaced.
Steve Spalding, technical and security policy director at RACQ, said the size of the issue and the availability of parts will be the main issue for Australian dealers.
\"When you consider the scale of the problem, there will be significant logistics problems,\" he said . \".
\"The number of cars affected is amazing, dealers are close to capacity and they don\'t have employees doing nothing.
\"In some regional towns, there may be no dealers nearby. . .
This is a very big problem for consumers and dealers.
\"By July 1, 2018, automakers will need to post a recall launch schedule and searchable recall database on their website. The recall database allows you to check the recall status of the vehicle by searching for the vehicle\'s VIN.
The recall was due to a possible explosion of airbags. (
AP Photo/yens Meyer)
Source: supply what is a replacement for \"like?
Defective Takata airbags have a risk of rupture within 6 to 25 years of installation on the vehicle, although in high temperature and high humidity areas this risk is reduced to 6 to 9 years.
Due to a shortage of supplies for global airbag inflators, some suppliers may have to use the new affected Takata airbags as a replacement.
While these airbags are considered safe, they also need to be recalled and replaced later once the new airbags reach the six-year threshold.
If you receive a \"like for like\" airbag, your supplier must notify you verbally and in writing and must contact you in order to arrange a second replacement later.
The supplier also needs to post a notice in the windshield and engine compartment stating that further replacement is required.
Should I disconnect the airbag while waiting for repair?
Road safety authorities do not recommend disconnecting airbags because if you are involved in an accident, it is very likely that your Takata airbags will work properly and protect you, instead of failing and causing damage before it is replaced
Will the recall affect my vehicle registration or insurance?
The airbag on the recalled vehicle does not qualify or disregister the vehicle, but it will be invalid if you disconnect the airbag yourself.
Recall should not affect your insurance unless your insurance company tells you.
If this changes, please confirm your insurer\'s position in writing so that you can seek advice from the Australian insurance board and/or ACCC.
How about imported vehicles?
Mandatory recalls are only for suppliers in Australia, so those with imported products should contact the manufacturer\'s headquarters in the country where the vehicle was purchased to see if the airbag needs to be replaced.
If you buy imported vehicles from a business in Australia, you should check with them to see if your car is part of a mandatory recall.
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