Honda and Mitsubishi recall 42,000 cars
Honda and Mitsubishi have announced voluntary recalls for 42,000 cars with airbags linked to the deaths of two Australians.
The cars manufactured between 1996 and 2000 may have been fitted with Takata NADI 5-AT airbags, which could cause injuries or deaths through misdeployment, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
“These Takata NADI 5-AT airbags may kill or injure vehicle occupants if they misdeploy in an accident,” said ACCC chair Rod Sims.
“Two drivers have already died in Australia after their Takata NADI 5-AT airbags ruptured and propelled metal parts into the car interior.”
Owners of the affected vehicles are urged to stop driving their cars and contact their manufacturer.
“Any consumer who is concerned about the response from their manufacturer or the remedy offered should contact the head office of their car maker. If consumers are still not satisfied, contact the Department or the ACCC,” said Sims.
Honda and Mitsubishi have offered to buy back the affected vehicles at market price and arrange alternative transport option until the repurchasing process is completed.
The announcement follows the earlier recalls from BMW, Audi, Ford, Mazda, Suzuki and Toyota related to the same airbag, bringing the total number of recalled vehicles to 78,000.
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