Owners of some vehicles in Australia equipped with potentially-deadly Takata airbags have been advised to leave their cars in the garage until a recall can be performed.
The death toll from the defective airbag systems is believed to be 19 worldwide, but the recent death of a man in Sydney has brought the issue closer to home.
While authorities and carmakers continue to sort the associated recall - which is the biggest recall the world has ever known - Australia's Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has advised owners of vehicle with the 'alpha' Takata airbags that they have "a higher risk of misdeployment and a higher risk of causing harm".
Both Mazda and Subaru have recently published revised recall lists in Australia for its Takata-affected models as the ACCC makes a futher push for owners to be aware, and to learn whether their vehicle needs attention.
The ACCC recommends that "a vehicle affected by an alpha airbag recall not be driven, other than to drive directly to the dealer for the replacement airbag to be installed".
"There is a risk of metal fragments and shrapnel propelling out of the airbag and into vehicle occupants, causing serious injuries or deaths," the Commission said.
Later 'beta' airbags fitted to new cars and as part of recall work present a less-significant threat.
Mazda says 1424 Australian vehicles are still equipped with potentially deadly 'alpha' airbags, with Mazda6, RX-8 (pictured, above) and BT-50 models built between 2004 and 2011 particularly affected by the issue.
Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, Jazz and MDX cars made between 2001 and 2004 are also at threat, as are a number of BMW 3 Series vehicles made between 1999 and 2006.
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