Take heed of safety re­call

Hills Gazette - - OPINION -

and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion’s (ACCC) Prod­uct Safety web­site at www.re­calls.gov.au.

If you fol­low the links on this web­site you can ac­tu­ally view the Ve­hi­cle Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Num­ber (VIN) for your ve­hi­cle to see if it is listed for re­call. If it is, make sure it gets fixed im­me­di­ately.

Since 2009, more than 2.3 mil­lion ve­hi­cles in Aus­tralia have be­come sub­ject to the re­call of airbags made by Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer Takata and more than 1.5 mil­lion still need re­place­ment airbags. The airbags are in 60 makes of cars sold in Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing Honda, Toy­ota, BMW, Mit­subishi, Subaru, Lexus, Jeep, Nis­san, Chrysler, and Dodge. The re­call also ap­plies to a small num­ber of trucks and mo­tor­cy­cles.

The Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Small Busi­ness, Michael McCor­mack, re­cently is­sued a no­tice for a com­pul­sory re­call of all ve­hi­cles with de­fec­tive Takata airbags in­stalled af­ter an ACCC safety in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The airbags are be­ing re­called be­cause the pro­pel­lant in the in­fla­tors may de­grade af­ter pro­longed ex­po­sure to high ab­so­lute hu­mid­ity and fluc­tu­at­ing high tem­per­a­tures. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of con­sumers, in­dus­try and reg­u­la­tors to work to­gether to en­sure there are no fur­ther in­juries or deaths as a re­sult of the de­fec­tive airbags.

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