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Takata airbag fatality

CHOICE is urging motorists to check whether their cars have been recalled following the first fatality in Australia likely caused by a defective Takata airbag

21 July 2017

CHOICE is calling on motorists to immediately check whether their car is one of millions of vehicles affected by the worldwide recall of Takata airbags, after NSW police announced the first Australian fatality as the likely result of a defective airbag deployment.

“The tragic news out of New South Wales this evening is a terrible reminder to motorists to check whether their own vehicle is one of those on the recall list,” says CHOICE Head of Media Tom Godfrey. 

“These potentially lethal products have already sparked the largest automotive recall in automotive history and have killed more than a dozen people worldwide.”

“Toyota, Mazda, BMW, Subaru, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep), Lexus, and Ford all have vehicles impacted by the recall,[1]  so if you own one of these makes, please check productsafety.gov.au to see if your model has been affected.”

NSW Police concluded the death of a 58-year-old man in a car crash last week was likely due to a recalled airbag, which resulted in the man being struck in the neck by a small fragment.[2] 

The Honda CRV was one of the many on the recall list, because of a defective airbag. 

Police reports worldwide have detailed how Takata airbags send metal shards, shrapnel and or foreign material into the cabin when they explode. 

For more information go to www.choice.com.au or productsafety.gov.au

Media contact: Tom Godfrey, CHOICE, Head of Media and Spokesperson: 0430 172 669

Tips 
1. Check productsafety.gov.au website to see if your car is one of the affected models
2. If you have one of the recalled vehicles immediately contact the manufacturer to have it repaired
3. Ask for a loan car if possible while your own car is being fixed.  


[1] https://www.productsafety.gov.au/news/takata-airbag-recalls-affecting-australian-consumers

[2] http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/latest_releases?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGZWJpenByZC5wb2xpY2UubnN3Lmdvdi5hdSUyRm1lZGlhJTJGNjQ5MzguaHRtbCZhbGw9MQ%3D%3D