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Millions Of Cars To Be Recalled Due To Exploding Airbags

In what is being described as Australia’s largest ever consumer recall, around 2.3 million vehicles are expected to be compulsory recalled by the Australian government in a bid to protect drivers from exploding airbags.

According to The Herald Sun, the Federal government will recall any cars fitted with Takata airbags after they caused dozens of deaths around the world, including one in Australia.

The airbags sourced from Germany have been marked as dangerous after it was revealed that they can explode.

Over 100 million cars have been affected by the airbags worldwide. Manufacturers including Ford, Holden and Volkswagen will be made to replace the faulty airbags urgently and at no cost.

The government is expected to formally announce the recall today with the exact years and models of the impacted cars to be revealed.

This comes after 1.7 million cars were voluntarily recalled by manufactures in Australia last year to have the airbags replaced.

In the past, Takata airbags have been listed as the cause of 23 deaths and over 230 serious injuries worldwide as the safety mechanism can release dangerous shrapnel when deployed during impact.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have released a statement saying that they have formally recommended the affected cars be compulsory recalled.

“The ACCC has provided a final recommendation on the proposed compulsory recall for defective Takata airbags to the Minister with responsibility for consumer affairs, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Michael Sukkar MP.”

The ACCC has also urged motorists not to wait for the formal announcement from the government and to check if their cars might be affected by the unsafe Takata airbags at productsafety.gov.au.

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