Volkswagen Recalls Vehicles in Australia for Faulty Air Bags
AUSTRALIA – Auto manufacturer Volkswagen has recalled numerous models of vehicles in Australia due to faulty air bags, according to an online news story reported by caradvice.com.au. The air bags are manufactured by Takata and have been the subject of the largest vehicle recall in history.
Volkswagen Australia has announced a recall that affects Caravelle and Multivan vehicles manufactured from 2008 to 2015. These vehicles are outfitted with Takata air bags that contain a propellant capable of degrading when exposed to humidity and high temperatures during a period of time.
When the propellant degrades, it can cause an explosion in the air bag that includes the metal inflator container. This metal container can burst and send metal pieces into the vehicle, where they can seriously injure drivers and passengers. The air bags are linked to more than 20 deaths worldwide and are responsible for more than 100 million vehicle recalls around the globe. In July 2017, one person in Australia was killed in an air bag explosion.
The Australian Government reports that Takata air bags develop a risk for explosion between six and 25 years after they have been installed in a vehicle. The timeframe for explosions moves up when the vehicles have been in a hot, humid environment.
The local branch of Volkswagen Australia indicates that 4,536 vehicles are included in the recall. Owners of these vehicles will be contacted by the manufacturer to let them know the next steps to take. Owners will be able to schedule repairs at dealerships in their area at no cost. In the meantime, owners can contact the toll-free Volkswagen Recall Campaign Helpline on 1800 504 076 between 8:30am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday (AEDT) or email Volkswagen at [email protected] to update their contact details.
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