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ACCC urging Australians: Ford Courier drivers should check for airbag recall

Christian Fernsby |
The ACCC is urging Australians driving a Ford Courier vehicle manufactured between 1998 and 2000 to check if the car is included in a new airbag safety recall.

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Ford Australia today announced a voluntary recall of 216 Ford Courier vehicles which pose a serious safety risk that could lead to deaths or serious injuries.

The affected airbags are fitted with a NADI 5-AT propellant and are the same as airbags recently recalled by Audi and BMW. These airbags differ from airbags already recalled under the existing compulsory recall of Takata airbags, which is ongoing.

“These airbags may misdeploy in an accident, causing metal fragments to propel from the airbag and potentially injure or kill people in the car. Another risk is that these airbags may fail to fully inflate in case of an accident,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.

“We urge drivers to check if their vehicle is affected by checking the VIN number, the list of affected makes and models, or by ringing the manufacturer’s hotline.”

“We welcome Ford joining the recall before Christmas, and hope other manufacturers will urgently finalise recalls of their affected vehicles,” Mr Sims said.

Audi and BMW have already started voluntary recalls of affected vehicles and further recalls are expected in the new year.

NADI 5-AT airbags were installed in about 78,000 vehicles across eight manufacturers, and a substantial number of these cars are likely to be still registered and in use.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, supported by the ACCC, continues discussions with representatives of Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Toyota to finalise satisfactory terms for voluntary recalls by these suppliers.

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