Over several years, there have been a series of recalls for faulty Takata airbags installed in cars from multiple manufacturers. When triggered (like in an accident) many of these airbags exploded instead of inflating, and have killed 20 people globally, including one Australian.
In February 2018, the Australian Federal Government announced a compulsory recall of 2.7 million cars with Takata airbags installed. The recall includes many vehicles that have already had airbags replaced – apparently some replacements were also faulty!
Because most GoGet members don’t own a car, they don’t need to worry about acting on these recalls. But many are concerned about whether GoGet cars have been affected.
Are GoGet cars affected by the Takata airbag recall?
No. As of March 2018, no GoGet vehicles are on any recall list due to faulty Takata airbags.
Most of the vehicles affected by the recall were manufactured before 2012. At GoGet, we replace our cars fairly regularly, so we have very few cars of that age in our fleet.
GoGet members can rest assured, knowing that we have done a full check of our fleet, and these faulty Takata airbags are not installed in any of our vehicles.
Does GoGet respond to recalls?
Yes. GoGet has a range of vehicles, from hatchbacks, to vans, to convertibles. It’s one of the best parts of car share – members get access to the right vehicle for any job, without owning one!
But that means there’s a greater chance a vehicle will be recalled, for a minor issue or a major one. We always respond to recalls promptly, and have the car fixed as soon as we can.
This is especially the case when, like the Takata airbag recall, the safety of members could be at risk.
Even though no GoGet cars were affected by the Takata recall, we still did a full audit of our fleet to be certain. Whenever we hear of potentially dangerous recalls, we take the same steps. This is one of the benefits of GoGet owning its own fleet.
How safe are GoGet cars?
Replacing our cars regularly doesn’t just help us avoid widespread recalls affecting older cars, like what has happened here.
New cars are safer than old cars, with basically no exceptions. Sometimes it’s visible features like reversing cameras or proximity sensors, but often it’s the hidden features, like the build of a car, or the way it’s designed (thanks, crumple zone!).
Driving a GoGet car, you’ll be behind the wheel of a vehicle that benefits from these technologies.
Keen to get into a new, safe car share vehicle?