Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
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Holden recalls 330000 cars with Takata airbags

Holden recalls 330000 cars with Takata airbags

Under the terms of the recall, both now have until July 1 to provide the information that owners will need to check if the auto in the driveway is one of the affected vehicles.

186,000 New Zealand cars are believed to still be outstanding in the airbag recall.

The voluntary recalls sought to replace affected airbags in recalled vehicles.

"As soon we get that information, we'll be in a position to see what action needs to be taken", Faafoi said.

Takata has recognized ¥1.08 trillion in claims from creditors, including more than ¥900 billion from domestic automakers such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. for recall costs.

"We are developing our plan in response to the recall".

This means that the industry effectively has to have replaced all the affected Takata bags in new or demonstrator vehicles before then and ensure that future shipments of cars to Australia have compliant airbags.

Takata airbags have a defect that could cause them to explode.

Faafoi said he hopes the report will land with him next week sometime.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd said that its dealers "are doing their best to handle the new inquiries about the recall".

Under the new rules selling a new vehicle or a demonstration vehicle with an affected Takata airbag will be prohibited from December 31, 2018.

But that left a whole lot of Australian auto owners wondering if they're affected or not.

However, there appear to be signs that New Zealand drivers aren't taking the recall seriously and could be putting their lives at risk.

The Motor Industry Association is calling for the Transport Agency to join Australia in ordering a mandatory recall of cars containing risky airbags.

As at January 2018, the overall replacement rate for all voluntary recalls was only approximately 63% of the total number of affected vehicles under voluntary recall in Australia. If this happens, when the airbag is triggered and deploys (in a collision), it may deploy with too much explosive force, rupturing the airbag inflator housing so that sharp metal fragments shoot out and hit vehicle occupants, potentially injuring or killing them.

"For those airbags we're saying to people don't drive the vehicle again, just contact the manufacturer, they are obliged to come out and fix it".

"Mostly these vehicles are proceeding through import compliance without checking and then on-sold to unsuspecting New Zealand consumers", he says.

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