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More recalls of Takata airbags

- By EWAN KENNEDY

THE Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has received notificati­on that an additional 78,000 vehicles on Australian roads may be fitted with faulty Takata airbags.

The Australian Competitio­n and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has advised vehicle manufactur­ers that these faulty airbags may have been installed in earlymodel Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Eunos (Mazda), Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Toyota vehicles manufactur­ed between 1996 and 2000.

These airbags can cause serious injury or death to vehicle occupants. Owners of affected vehicles are advised to immediatel­y contact their dealer or brand.

Anyone who owns one of these vehicles is urged to immediatel­y check their car at the Takata industry website www.ismyairbag­safe.com.au/ and follow the new link to the ACCC website. The FCAI and its members are working to update the www. ismyairbag­safe.com.au once all affected vehicles VINs are known. Even owners who have previously checked their vehicle should re-check now as their vehicle may have been added.

The Takata airbag recall is a world-wide initiative which has affected 100 million vehicles, over three million of which are in Australia. Of these, Australian car makers have now rectified more than 2.5 million vehicles.

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