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21 July 2017

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Some Honda CRV models have been found to contain the faulty airbags.

AUSTRALIAN drivers are being urged to check whether they are driving around in a car containing potentially deadly airbags, after a faulty model was blamed for killing a man in a Sydney crash.

The July 13 incident was a “terrible reminder” for drivers to check whether their car contains the faulty Takata airbag, which has been linked to 18 deaths worldwide, according to consumer advocate Choice.

A 58-year-old man was killed in a collision at Cabramatta when his Honda CRV slammed into another vehicle at an intersection in Sydney’s southwest. NSW Police on Friday said a faulty airbag was likely to blame after the driver was “struck in the neck by a small fragment”.

“Further investigations revealed the vehicle in the incident was subject of a worldwide recall for a faulty airbag,” they said in a statement. Three others involved in the incident were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The dodgy Takata airbags, which can explode and launch metal shards when deployed, have previously been linked to 17 deaths and at least 180 injuries worldwide.

The faulty airbags can explode, sending shrapnel flying. Picture: iStock

The faulty airbags can explode, sending shrapnel flying. Picture: iStockSource:Supplied

Choice spokesman Tom Godfrey said in a statement the fatal crash was a “tragic reminder” for drivers to check whether they were driving around in a car containing the faulty airbags, which have been fitted in 2.1 million cars in Australia.

“Toyota, Mazda, BMW, Subaru, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep), Lexus, and Ford all have vehicles impacted by the recall,” he said.

“These potentially lethal products have already sparked the largest automotive recall in history and have killed more than a dozen people world wide.”

“So if you own one of these makes, please check productsafety.gov.au to see if your model has been affected.”

Prior to last week’s incident, there had not been any fatalities involving Takata airbags in Australia.

However, in late April a 21-year-old Northern Territory woman suffered serious injuries when one of the faulty airbags didn’t deploy properly during a crash in Darwin.

She was struck in the head by a small metal fragment, NT Police said at the time.

The recall covers approximately 100 million vehicles worldwide.

Takata have been contacted for comment.

CHOICE TIPS:

1. Check productsafety.gov.au website to see if your car is one of the affected models

2. If you have one of the recalled vehicles immediately contact the manufacturer to have it repaired

3. Ask for a loan car if possible while your own car is being fixed.

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