20,000 cars should be urgently pulled from Aussie roads
Australia's consumer watchdog is warning the owners of 20,000 vehicles to immediately stop driving their car because the airbags have a potentially deadly flaw.
The new warning affects BMW, GM Holden, Honda, Mitsubishi and Toyota vehicles that have already been recalled for having defective Takata airbags, but which have not had them replaced.
A full list of affected vehicles can be found below.
The airbags are now classified as being "critical", meaning that if they are activated during a crash they could cause serious injuries or death to the driver.
ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard urged owners of these cars to have their vehicle towed to their nearest dealership to have the airbags replaced as a matter of priority.
"Cars with airbags listed as 'critical' should not be driven. Classification as 'critical' means manufacturers have assessed these airbags as being particularly unsafe," said Ms Rickard.
"A Takata airbag misdeployment can result in death or serious injury, even in a minor collision."
Under Australian consumer law, all owners are entitled to have their airbags replaced at no cost.
"Under this urgent recall, drivers are entitled to have their vehicles towed to the dealership by the manufacturer and have the airbag replaced for free. Drivers may be entitled to a loan vehicle while the airbag is replaced," Ms Rickard said.
"We encourage all drivers to check if their vehicle is affected, even if they have checked before, and to act immediately to have their airbag replaced."
Due to a manufacturing fault, in some cases Takata airbags have fired shards of metal into a vehicle's driver and passenger during deployment. At least three deaths have been associated with Takata airbags worldwide.
The ACCC believes that under the compulsory recall of all cars with Takata airbags, 425,971 vehicles are still be to rectified.
Airbags considered "critical" make up only a small portion of the total vehicles.
Concerned drivers can check if their vehicle is affected by visiting ismyairbagsafe.com.au and entering their state/territory and registration plate number or by texting 0487 AIRBAG (247224) and following the prompts.
List of 'Critical' vehicles
- Holden – 1,843 vehicles – 2010 Holden Cruze
- Honda – 6,043 vehicles – Honda City MY2012, CR-V MY 2011, Insight MY2012-2013, Jazz MY2012-2014 & Jazz Hybrid MY2012-2013, Honda Civic MY2006-2011, Jazz Hybrid MY2012 and Legend MY2007-2012, Honda Accord MY2001-2007 and Honda MDX MY2003-2006
- Toyota – 582 vehicles – 2003 – 2005 Toyota Echo and Rav4
- BMW – 7,909 vehicles – BMW 5 Series (E39) MY2002-2003, BMW 3 Series (E46) MY2001-2006 & BMW X5 (E53) MY2003
- Mitsubishi – 3,254 vehicles – 2007 – 2014 ML & MN Triton.