The Takata airbag recall is the most significant automotive recall in history. More than 100 million vehicles affected, including over 20 manufacturers globally and sadly, has resulted in a number of deaths.
With a list of over 4 million Australian driven cars released earlier in the year, it was a worry when the recall burst back into the news. Why? More cars have been listed as ‘at risk.’
Appearing in the news in recent days, the Takata recall takes yet another turn, and yep… it’s for the worst. Already responsibly for 20 deaths and 230 serious injuries globally with one Australian driver losing their life due to the faulty airbags in July of 2017, we thought it couldn’t get much worse for Takata but we were wrong.
Let’s start with some good news, depending how you look at it! The ACCC has stated that if your car has been added to the “Future Recall” list for a defective Takata airbag, you’re not in immediate danger. However there is bad news too, — you will still need to get your airbag or airbags replaced and withholding or stalling this process could be putting your life in jeopardy.
Earlier this week, the ACCC has announced another million vehicles have been added to a “Future Recall” list, causing unrest among drivers.
What is the Future Recall list?
What this list is, is essentially a collective of all the new vehicles identified to have faulty and dangerous Takata airbags fitted. They will need to be replaced in the future BUT are not immediately high risk. The ACCC added the Audi A5, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Skoda Octavia, Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Golf, Holden Cruze and Toyota Yaris, along with a long list of others.
An ACCC spokesman recently said there were still more than 25,000 cars on the road from the first recall, which are at risk and in danger. These MUST be booked in for the replacement as soon as possible. “Many of the future recalls will not present a safety risk for many years, but still need to be replaced as in the long term they will become defective,” the spokesman said.
CHECK THE FULL ‘FUTURE RECALL’ LIST – HERE
Airbag Image Source: Reuters
Banner Image Source: O’Riellys Collision Center