A ute popular among Australian tradies and farmers is among 20,000 vehicles that have been upgraded to “critical” as part of the mass recall of vehicles for faulty Takata airbags, with a warning not to drive the vehicles.
The ACCC issued an alert on Friday, urging Australians not to drive affected vehicles until the airbag has been replaced, noting that several car manufacturers have upgraded the classification of 20,000 vehicles already subject to the recall to critical status.
Among them are 3,254 Mitsubishi Tritons, which include the ML and MN models for the years 2007 to 2014.
The other vehicles under the critical recall are:
- BMW: 7,909 vehicles, covering the following makes and models: 5 Series (E39) MY2002-2003; 3 Series (E46) MY2001-2006; and X5 (E53) MY2003.
- Honda: 6,043 vehicles, covering the following makes and models: City MY2012; CR-V MY 2011; Insight MY2012-2013; Jazz MY2012-2014 and Jazz Hybrid MY2012-2013; Civic MY2006-2011; Jazz Hybrid MY2012 and Legend MY2007-2012; Accord MY2001-2007; and Honda MDX MY2003-2006.
- Holden: 1,843 vehicles, covering the 2010 model Holden Cruze.
- Toyota: 582 vehicles, covering 2003–2005 models of the Echo and Rav4.
The ACCC urged all owners and users of these vehicles not to drive them at all until the airbag has been replaced.
“Classification as ‘critical’ means manufacturers have assessed these airbags as being particularly unsafe. A Takata airbag misdeployment can result in death or serious injury, even in a minor collision,” warned ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard.
“Under this urgent recall, drivers are entitled to have their vehicles towed to the dealership by the manufacturer and have the airbag replaced for free. Drivers may be entitled to a loan vehicle while the airbag is replaced.”
Ms Rickard also urged consumers not to ignore the recall, and to err on the side of caution.
“We encourage all drivers to check if their vehicle is affected, even if they have checked before, and to act immediately to have their airbag replaced,” she said.
According to the Is My Airbag Safe website, the faulty Takata airbags have been attributed to 26 deaths and more than 300 injuries worldwide.
More information on the recall in Australia can be found on the federal government’s Product Safety website.
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.