Class Action Coming Against Aussie Car Companies Over Faulty Airbags

Many companies involved.

Class Action Coming Against Aussie Car Companies Over Faulty Airbags

Australian car companies are facing a class action over the defective airbags involved in a global recall.

The Takata airbags have already been linked to 18 deaths worldwide including one in Sydney, due to the possibility of them exploding on impact and sending out deadly metal fragments.

Only 850,000 of the 2.3 million Australian cars subject to the original recall issued in 2009 have had their Takata airbags replaced, and it's since been revealed some of them have been fitted with the same dodgy airbags involved in the initial recall.

The legal action in the Federal Court will allege Toyota, Honda and Mazda are breaching consumer law by not replacing faulty airbags.

Damian Scattini, a partner from the global law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart that's heading up the action, says under Australian Consumer law, goods need to be safe.

"It is hard to imagine something which is less safe. These airbags have killed at least 18 people and injured more than 180 worldwide.” said Mr Scattini

“It is quite frankly, outrageous and almost inconceivable that there are over one million cars on Australian roads that contain a ‘safety’ product that could, at any time, explode with lethal force.

"People who are driving these cars need to enforce their consumer rights before there are any more tragedies,” he said.

If you've purchased a car fitted with a Takata airbag you may be entitled to take part in the class action, and can register here.

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