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Airbag safety recall for up to 300,000 Citroën and DS vehicles

The safety device problem, which could cause an injury to occupants in the event of a collision, affects several models in the range, manufactured between 2009 and 2017

RAQUEL MERINO

The European Commission's Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products (Rapex) has reported an airbag inflator problem in several models of the Citroën and DS vehicle range manufactured between 2009 and 2017, which could affect some 300,000 vehicles.

According to Spain’s OCU consumer association the recall notice has identified a safety failure in the airbag system, which does not meet the regulatory requirements for approval.

The manufacturer itself has warned that prolonged exposure of the airbag inflator to high humidity and high temperatures could cause it to break during the inflation process in the event of a collision. If this failure happens, it will allow metal fragments to pass through the cushion material and could cause injury to vehicle occupants.

The affected models are:

Citroën C3 V3 manufactured between September 2009 and January 2017.

Citroën C4 V2 and DS4 manufactured between September 2010 and February 2017.

DS3 manufactured between October 2009 and October 2016.

DS5 manufactured between June 2011 and August 2016.

The OCU said that it understands that the vehicle manufacturer will contact owners to have the faulty part replaced. However, the OCU aslo advises owners of these models to contact Citroën and DS customer services direct to find out if their vehicle is among those affected.