Posted: 21 May, 2015
More than 550,000 Aussie cars affected
More Australian cars have been caught up in the latest car recall - now considered the largest in the world - over faulty airbags.
All up, 56 million cars are already being pulled from the roads globally...34 million in the US, and more than half a million here. What's scary is that figure's expected to climb.
After initially denying there was any problem (and then claiming it had been fixed), Japanese company Takata has revealed the problem is far bigger than originally thought. All of these airbags could spray shrapnel in an accident... it's all to do with moisture getting in during the manufacturing process.
The company makes 20% of the car industry's airbags.
Overseas, at least six deaths have so far been linked to the fault.
At this stage, the recall is so massive not all car companies have been able to calculate exactly which models are affected, but we know the makes include Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors ... typically, they're 2003 - 2007 models.
Some car companies have started to release statements about the release, with many admitting replacements won't be fitted until at least next year.
While car companies are scrambling to make contact with original buyers, they're running into trouble because often the vehicles have been sold (sometimes multiple times) since the original purchase (between 2003 and 2007).
If you think you could be affected, you should check the recalls.gov.au website or contact the car company direct.