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Australia replaces 3,000 recalled airbags each day

Editorial Staff

Australia's home grown problems from banking to home insulation are pretty epic but the sheer scale of the Takata airbags scandal is, simply, monumental.

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) has issued a statement. It's startling, given that Australia has a small population (in absolute terms, it's small, in density vis a vis land it's tiny). And it shows the incredible market penetration of one company supplying the automotive industry with components.

Australia’s largest ever recall is now well underway with new figures
released today detailing the first quarter of compulsory Takata airbag
replacements under the Mandatory Recall Notice issued by the Australian

More than 350,000 faulty Takata airbags were replaced in the quarter
following 1 July 2018, equal to more than 3,000 replacements each day.

Some 2.5 million faulty Takata airbags have already been replaced in around
1.6 million vehicles to date, since the start of voluntary recalls in 2009.

The Government put manufacturers on notice in February when they were forced
to comply with strict deadlines to replace potentially deadly Takata airbags
by the end of 2020.

“We are pleased to see that car manufacturers are taking their
responsibilities seriously and working hard to replace faulty airbags from
customers’ cars. The safety of drivers is our highest priority and we must
ensure these dangerous airbags are off our roads,” said ACCC Deputy Chair
Delia Rickard.

“Consumers who have been contacted by their manufacturer to have their
car’s airbag replaced are urged to book in their cars for a free
replacement before the Christmas holiday period. Don’t delay taking action
when you get a recall notification letter.”

Affected airbags are being replaced according to a determined schedule that
considers a number of risk factors, including airbags in older vehicles and
vehicles in hot and humid conditions.

This means that the recalls for some affected cars aren’t scheduled until
later, however, all bags, including ‘like for like’ bags will need to be
replaced by December 2020.

In July car manufacturers launched a national awareness campaign asking
consumers to check whether their vehicle is fitted with one of these
dangerous inflators.

Consumers are reminded to check if their vehicle is affected by the recall by
visiting http://www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au or texting “Takata” to 0487
AIRBAG (247 224).

*Key figures*

* 350,000 airbags have been replaced in the three months since 1 July 2018
* 1.4 million airbags still need replacing in around 1.2 million cars
* 12,000 alpha airbags are still outstanding

Further information: https://www.productsafety.gov....

Takata's website said " Takata is one of the world's leading suppliers of advanced automotive safety systems and products." Well, no, it isn't. The global airbag scandal has in fact destroyed the company. In June 2017, Takata applied to the commercial court in Tokyo to enter into liquidation proceedings. In April 2018 this statement appeared on the Takata website

" Key Safety Systems ("KSS"), a global leader in mobility safety headquartered in Michigan, USA, has successfully completed the acquisition of substantially all of Takata's global assets and operations free and clear of PSAN-related liabilities and certain other liabilities pursuant to cross-border [insolvencies] in the United States and Japan as well as an ancillary proceeding[s] in Canada.

KSS website can be found at www.joysonsafety.com."

Then, in June this year, this appeared: "Takata Corporation has changed its company name to TKJP Corporation as of June 21, 2018."

See http://www.takata.com/en/ for a list of company statements including insolvency related statements.

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