AROUND 7,000 vehicles from six car brands sold in the country are included in the global recall campaign for airbags made by embattled Japanese auto parts maker Takata.
The Brunei Automotive Trade Association (BATA) said yesterday the recall affects 23 different car models that were manufactured in various years by Nissan, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Honda, Toyota and BMW.
BATA’s statement was issued in light of the move to recall 20 million cars worldwide because of the risk that the Takata-made airbags could improperly inflate and rupture in the event of an accident.
The association said it is working “very closely” with the Land Transport Department for updated details of customers to identify the correct vehicle owners.
It also said it is facing challenges on the availability of the inflators and contacting the right customers as some have either changed contact numbers or vehicle ownership.
“We will take the necessary steps to contact the car owners of affected vehicles and arrange for the replacement of the airbag inflators which is associated with the airbag issue,” BATA said.
BATA assured its customers that all of its member-companies have an “effective customer service system” that can respond to the customers’ needs and concerns.
According to a timeline of key events compiled by Reuters, the increasing number of global recalls has affected more than 10 automakers since 2008 with over 31 million cars fitted with potentially faulty airbags.
In 2009, Ashley Parham, a teenager from Oklahoma , died when the airbag in her 2001 Honda Accord model exploded, shooting metal fragments into her neck.
To date, millions of vehicles made by lobal automakers including Honda, Toyota and General Motors have already been recalled due to the risk their airbags could deploy with excessive force, spraying potentially-fatal shrapnel.
AFP previously reported that US safety regulators started fining Takata US$14,000 a day in February 2015 to pressure the company into supplying documentation on internal probes for airbag issues from more than a decade ago.
LEO KASIM, BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Friday, July 24, 2015