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Takata airbag recall adds 1.1 million cars to Australian list

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More than a million vehicles with potentially deadly Takata airbags have been added to a recall list by the consumer watchdog in Australia.

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The defective airbags can shatter shards of metal upon activation if its propelling mechanism is exposed to high levels of moisture.

They have caused about 180 injuries and 18 deaths worldwide and been linked to at least one fatality in Australia.

The ACCC on Sunday published a revised recall list which added a further 1.1 million vehicles targeted for future airbag replacement, including the Mercedes Benz C Class, Ford Mondeo and Toyota Yaris.

An ACCC spokeswoman told AAP about 2.8 million vehicles were under "active recall" at the end of April, meaning consumers had been or were being contacted.

Of those, 1.9 million have already had their airbags replaced, leaving 900,000 yet to be completed.

The "future recall list" involves vehicles to undergo replacement some time from May 2018, which means there are about two million vehicles that haven't had airbags replaced in total.

Drivers of vehicles involved in the "future recall" group will be notified by email, phone or text message when it is time for their replacement to be completed, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Michael Sukkar said.


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