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Tue Aug 30 19:15:04 SAST 2016

Don’t panic but take air bag recall seriously‚ AA advises car owners

TMG Digital | 08 February, 2016 16:34
Visitors walk past a logo of Takata Corp on its display at a showroom for vehicles in Tokyo, Japan. Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp kept its full-year earnings guidance unchanged on Friday, but said it had not factored in the most recent recall of millions of vehicles in the United States and elsewhere that could cause its quality-related costs to balloon.
Image by: TORU HANAI / REUTERS

The Automobile Association (AA) advises motorists whose vehicles are fitted with Takata air bags not to panic but nonetheless take the safety recall very seriously.

More than 20 million cars worldwide are being recalled because of faulty Takata air bags.

The problem relates to defective air bag inflators on driver and passenger side air bags. This means that should these air bags deploy‚ they have the potential to cause serious injuries or death. We are not aware of any local incidents involving Takata air bags‚ according to the AA.

Locally‚ the manufacturers listed by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) as being affected by the Takata air bag recalls are Honda‚ Mazda and Toyota.

“Our first message to all motorists in vehicles fitted with these air bags is not to panic but to nonetheless take the safety recall very seriously. Millions of cars around the world have been fitted with Takata air bags‚ and manufacturers are recalling these vehicles to replace the defective parts,” the AA said.

To date‚ of all of the crashes involving cars fitted with Takata air bags‚ a total of ten people worldwide (nine in America) have been confirmed to have died because of the defective air bags‚ while a further 140 injuries have been recorded‚ the association noted.

“If you own a vehicle produced by one of the manufacturers listed above‚ it is important that you contact them with your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to determine if you are affected or not. Even if you have done this in the past‚ we suggest motorists do it again‚ as the list of vehicles affected is expanding. You may not have been on the list before but may be on it now‚” said the AA.

“Manufacturers will have sent letters directly to customers‚ and will have processes in place to deal with this issue. But do not wait‚ this is your safety‚ be proactive. We trust all owners will receive expert guidance if they contact the manufacturers directly‚” the association added.

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