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Car Manufacturers Admit To Refitting Vehicles With Faulty Takata Airbags

Many car makers in Australia have admitted to recalling their vehicles due to faulty airbags and then replacing them with similarly faulty products.

At least five car makers in Australia have recalled their vehicles over dangerous airbags, only to refit them with a similarly faulty product, an investigation by consumer group Choice has found.

The manufacturers are among 14 affected in Australia by a worldwide recall of Takata airbags, which have now killed 18 people and injured more than 180 worldwide. The death of a man in Sydney last week was also likely caused by the faulty airbag.

The airbags have the potential to explode and send metal shrapnel and other material into the cabin of a vehicle, because the gas used to inflate the bag can become volatile over their lifespan of around six years.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched a further investigation into how the recall has been handled, “urgently seeking” information from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, which is monitoring the recall.

Among affected brands are Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi and BMW. These brands have between 72,478 and 529,452 affected vehicles. From the affected vehicles only between 28,440 and 161,490 have been recalled.

Since April Choice has repeatedly contacted the 14 manufacturers subject to the recall to confirm if they were refitting vehicles with airbags now found to have similar faults, and would therefore require a second recall.

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