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Consumer Council calls for review of re-call of defective vehicles

June 14, 2015 4:45 am

The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling for a vehicle recall protocol.

The recall extends to some vehicles manufactured by Toyota amongst others.

The Council is concerned about the threat of exploding airbags which put passengers at risk.

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Council chief executive Premila Kumar says they are urging consumers to be aware of an ongoing global vehicle recall affecting certain brands and models.
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“The reasons for recall are that, the airbags that are used in various types of cars is faulty, it has got defect in it and it is deadly, and because the airbags are faulty, it is also a risk to the passengers.”

However, members of the Fiji Motors Traders Association, namely Asco Motors and Carpenters Motors, amongst the others are notifying customers of the mentioned vehicles with defective airbags and are fixing it.

The FMTA members are fixing the defective airbags at no cost to customers.

Consumer Manager Research and Policy Analysis, Josua Namoce says, the “recall” is not to be confused with the return of the vehicle.

He says it may involve vehicles getting checked by the local dealer for issues specific to a recall and may involve replacement or repairs of certain parts.

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