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Airbag recall back in spotlight

A Fair Go investigation has put the Takata airbag recall back in the spotlight, more than a year after car manufacturers started recalling cars. The government’s recalls.govt.nz website crashed because of the number of people visiting it to see if their car is affected.

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We recommend putting your car make and model into NZTA's safety recalls database to see if yours is part of the recall. Or you can call your local dealer or the manufacturer.

Consumer Protection has released the following list of car manufacturers that have models affected by the recall:

  • BMW
  • Chrysler/Jeep
  • Daihatsu
  • GM
  • Ferrari
  • Ford
  • Honda
  • Isuzu
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Subaru
  • Toyota/Lexus

We first reported on cars being recalled because of an issue with airbags in May 2015. No injuries have been reported in New Zealand as a result of the faulty airbags.

The problem is an airbag inflator manufactured in Mexico between September 2001 and September 2002 by Takata. The factory had a quality control issue affecting the airbag inflator, which was installed in many vehicles between 2001 and 2007. The airbag could deploy explosively in a collision, resulting in shrapnel being projected into the cabin.

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