Australian consumer group choice points out that defective airbags are still replacing the faulty Takata bags which have led to the death of many due to its explosions. According to the organization, five carmakers had accepted the fact that they catch up airbags for related devices in Australia as a non-permanent fix.
Toyota stated that the replacements would work best for several years as the faults only show up when the airbags are old. However, Choice warned that the policy only leaves people to drive potential time bombs.
Takata under massive liabilities
The Japanese maker of car parts, Takata is under billion dollars liabilities following its faulty airbags which have led to 18 known deaths across the world which include a recent one in Australia. Some of the airbags had faulty inflators that exploded, spraying metal shrapnel that caused the death of many.
The early concerns about the faulty airbags had led to the retraction of over 100 million cars that possessed the Takata airbags. This includes about 70 million vehicles in the United States.
Similar devices are replacing defective airbags
Choice analyzed the Australian market and found out that 70 percent of the recalled 2.1 million cars are yet to be rectified. Choice said that Toyota, Mazda, BMW, Lexus, and Subaru agreed to have replaced the faulty Takata airbags with similar devices. On the other hand, many manufacturers have not given any response to the questions.
In a statement by Toyota, these airbags will be due to being replaced again because they have been exposed to the environment over time. However, they offered safety for a long while.
The Australian police pointed out a faulty Takata airbag as the leading cause of a road death that happened in Sydney. The cops said a 58-year old man had his neck struck by a piece of shrapnel when his car – Honda CVR collided with another vehicle.
In reaction, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission which is the government’s guard dog said it would make the necessary investigations on the retraction.