Is your car in the airbag recall?

With more than 50 million cars and 10 vehicle makers involved, the Takata airbag recall is now the biggest vehicle recall in the history of motoring.

Airbags are an essential part of any car’s safety system, but in the case of Takata’s faulty product, the device designed to protect drivers and passengers has in some cases killed them. At least six deaths have been blamed on the faulty airbags, though thankfully there have been none in Australia so far.

What’s causing the problem?

The problem is caused by the ammonium nitrate explosive that inflates the airbag in an emergency. It’s affected by moisture and temperature changes. Faulty seals used by Takata are letting moisture into the airbag inflators. This results in “over aggressive combustion”, or in plain terms, potentially fatal metal fragments exploding from the airbag mechanism and possibly hitting the car’s occupants.

With Takata manufacturing as much as a quarter of the world’s airbags the recall is a massive logistical problem with huge safety implications.

Is your car affected?

While 10 manufacturers worldwide have been affected by the recall, in Australia only Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Chrysler, Mercedes and BMW have recalled cars. The easy way to check whether your car is affected is to go to the government website

How to manage a recall on a fleet car

Dealing with a recall on your vehicle is bound to cause some disruption, but at Fleetcare we do everything we can to make it as easy as possible for you. Firstly, you can rest assured that whether your car is still in warranty or not is irrelevant. When a manufacturer announces a vehicle recall it must be acted upon.

Whenever there’s a recall we’ll tell you in plain English why it’s happening, how urgent it is and what you need to do to keep your car, or fleet, safe and roadworthy. Then you can relax, knowing that we’ll take care of everything for you. We’ll schedule your vehicle’s repairs at a time that’s convenient to you, or if you manage a fleet, when it’s convenient for your drivers. We’ll even arrange temporary vehicle replacements if necessary. Fleetcare will monitor the work and report back to you on how it went.

With Fleetcare in charge of recalls and defects in your vehicle fleet you can relax…

  • we receive the notification of vehicle recalls
  • we log it against the vehicle
  • we tell the driver about the recall and what they have to do
  • we make sure the fault is fixed and if it isn’t we follow it up with the driver
  • we tell management about active recalls with an incident report

If you have any concerns at all about the Takata airbag recall, please call us today on 1300 777 600.

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