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Malfunctioning Airbags: Govt Website Crashes After 300,000 Vehicles Recalled

Publish Date
Tuesday, 4 October 2016, 9:39AM
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The government website with data on every make and model affected by a massive faulty airbag recall has crashed due to intense online traffic.

Up to 300,000 vehicles have been recalled because of malfunctioning airbags that either do not inflate or fire out pieces of metal when inflated in an accident - injuring people and even causing death.

Motor Industry Association head David Crawford told the Herald last night that there had been a number of accidents overseas in which people had been injured or killed because of the faulty airbags, manufactured by Japanese company Takata.

The Government publishes recall information on its recalls.govt.nz website, which is run by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the NZ Transport Agency, among others.

However, the website has been down since last night and it's due to the number of car owners overwhelming the system. 

Crawford said it was important to note that there had been no deaths or injuries related to the airbags in New Zealand or Australia.

The NZ Transport Agency says faulty airbags have been found in vehicles in the Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, Isuzu, GM, Ford, Toyota, Ferrari, Chrysler, Mitsubishi and Daihatsu ranges.

The 300,000 vehicles being recalled in New Zealand are made up of both new and imported vehicles aged up to 13 years old.

NZ Herald