Dodgy airbags in the mil­lions

South Waikato News - - MOTORING -

Takata fi­nally bowed to US gov­ern­ment pres­sure and has agreed to re­call an ex­tra 17 mil­lion cars in the US mar­ket, bring­ing the to­tal re­call to 33.8 mil­lion ve­hi­cles – the big­gest re­call of all time.

It’s go­ing to take sev­eral years for Takata and other airbag man­u­fac­tur­ers to build enough re­place­ments.

Imag­ine telling mil­lions of con­sumers their car has an airbag that could kill them, and could they please come back in an­other year or so to get it fixed?

Also, no-one knows what’s caus­ing th­ese airbags to fail, so how are we to know the new ones are ac­tu­ally safe?

Takata said they are but it said that about the old ones.

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