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Potentially dangerous airbags in twice as many New Zealand cars as first thought

Staff Writer |
The government has found defective Alpha-type Takata airbags in more than 100,000 New Zealand cars - twice as many as previously thought.

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The airbags have the potential to deploy with explosive force, and have killed 23 people overseas.

It's part of a wider voluntary Takata airbag recall, which affects around 600,000 cars in New Zealand.

A compulsory recall of the Alpha-type bags was launched in April, requiring suppliers to contact owners and replace the airbags by December 2019 or face a penalty.

The Motor Industry Association said car distributors and industry bodies had worked tirelessly to produce a stocktake of cars affected in the largest global airbag recall.

The association's David Crawford said a co-ordinated effort with the Transport Agency and Imported Vehicles Association had significantly improved the recall process.

"We're getting a tremendous amount of support from the New Zealand Transport Agency in order to identify the vehicles and in the co-ordinating and oversight groups," he said.

"That gets everyone around the table to keep a check on progress, address the issues and to try and find a resolution to any problems.

Mr Crawford said around 53,000 Alpha type airbags had now been replaced.

He said it was by far New Zealand's largest recall - the previous largest recall affected just 30,000 cars.

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