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Why Are there Still So Many TAKATA Airbags to be replaced?

There are still 206,390 dangerous TAKATA airbags out in the Australian community, many more worldwide.

Further adding to the confusion are factors like the age of some models, anything up to 20 years, and the addition of new models to the list. Some replacement airbags are also no on the faulty list.

What Do I Do?

First thing to do to enter your registration plate details on THIS SITE: IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au (or the relevant site in your country). Individual brands also have sites where you can check your car.

All drivers should check the website just to be sure, even if the airbag has been previously replaced

Then, make a booking with the dealer of the brand concerned. REPLACEMENT IS FREE regardless of the age of the car.

TAKATA is now defunct, for obvious reasons. The important things to consider are the replacement is available free regardless of

  • the age of the car
  • whether or not you are the first or 10th owner
  • whether the car is in use or not
  • whether or not the airbag has previously been replaced under the recall

Some cars may now be in wrecking yards, and have no registration. Others might be in sheds, and backyards. There may well be others whose destruction was not recorded for some reason. As mentioned, some replacement airbags were also found to eb faulty.

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Of concern is that there may be airbags on shelves as second-hand units. NO SECOND HAND AIRBAGS SHOULD EVER BE USED IN ACCIDENT REPAIR.

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Why Are TAKATA Airbags Dangerous?

An Airbag uses a propellent that rapidly expands the airbag during an emergency. Faulty TAKATA units broke apart during deployment. Rather than a controlled deployment which inflated the bag, TAKATA units exploded, showering occupants with shards of metal.

These shards have caused injury, and DEATH.

The effect is similar to a bomb attack, any many owners haven’t taken the recall seriously. “It can’t happen to me,” they think, but it can, and does.

Airbags could deploy in very minor accidents

To make the matter even worse, TAKATA airbags could deploy with a minor rear-ender at fault. An accident that otherwise would cause nothing more than a bruised ego, might kill the driver.

What about some HOT RACING DRIVERS. Gay? Or just plain gorgeous?

As with ALL RECALLS, you should act quickly. But, TAKATA should been taken as LIFE OR DEATH.

You should NOT DRIVE YOUR CAR. Do not start it, do not move it, do not touch it. Call the dealer who will assess if it is an “Alpha” model. Towing may be required, but repairs take very little time or effort.

Contrary to urban myth, NO BRAND knowingly replaced faulty airbags, with faulty airbags. However, previously replaced airbags may still be faulty.  

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What Brands are Affected by TAKATA Recalls:

Motorcycles:

  • Honda Goldwing

Cars:

  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Cadillac
  • Chrysler
  • Citroen
  • Dodge (RAM)
  • Farrari
  • Ford
  • General Motors Chevrolet (GMC)
  • Holden
  • Honda
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Jeep
  • LEXUS
  • Mazda
  • McLaren
  • Mercedes Benz (cars and trucks)
  • Mitsubishi
  • Ford Mustang
  • Nissan
  • Performax
  • Skoda
  • Subaru
  • Tesla
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen