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Fresh airbag scare for Aussie drivers

Aussie motorists have been put on notice as another airbag recall has been announced.The recall, which affects about 5500 of the family-focused Dodge Nitro SUV and Chrysler Grand Voyager seven-seat people-movers, is unrelated to the worldwide Takata airbag recall.Dodge Nitros built between 2007 and 2012 are affected, as are Grand Voyagers built between 2008 and…

Aussie motorists have been put on notice as another airbag recall has been announced.

The recall, which affects about 5500 of the family-focused Dodge Nitro SUV and Chrysler Grand Voyager seven-seat people-movers, is unrelated to the worldwide Takata airbag recall.

Dodge Nitros built between 2007 and 2012 are affected, as are Grand Voyagers built between 2008 and 2010.

In this case the driver’s airbag emblem may become loose or completely detached, making it a projectile when the airbag deploys.

According to the recall notice submitted to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission the faulty airbag has the potential to inflict serious injury on passengers in the event of an accident.

Owners will be contacted by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to organise a free repair.

But owners will have to go to the dealership twice, the first occasion to implement an interim repair and a second time to complete the full repair.

This recall comes as the long-running Takata airbag recall saga, which has claimed more than 20 deaths worldwide, nears its end.

More than 4 million airbags have been recalled in Australia and more than 100 million worldwide.

In Australia carmakers have replaced roughly 95 per cent of the Takata airbags, but as of August 31, about 129,000 affected vehicles were still on the road.

The recall has also triggered a class-action lawsuit involving more than 2 million owners in Australia suing Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, Nissan, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen.

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