It affects more than 60 models from manufacturers including Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Nissan, Mazda, BMW, Lexus, Chrysler and others.
The airbags have been associated with 20 deaths worldwide, including that of a New South Wales man who police say was fatally injured by flying shrapnel from his Honda CR-V airbag.
In July 2017, RACV called for the federal government to place a greater emphasis on the voluntary recall of defective airbags announced at that time, and since then has put pressure on manufacturers to speed up the replacement process.
RACV’s vehicle engineering manager Michael Case says RACV is pleased to see the federal government finally taking action to address “this serious safety issue. Now it is time for vehicle manufacturers and vehicle dealers to urgently replace these airbags so motorists can feel safe in their vehicles."
“We acknowledge this recall will no doubt come as an inconvenience to many Victorians whose vehicles are affected,” says Mr Case. “It is important for Victorian consumers to know that replacing affected airbags is free of charge, even if you bought the car secondhand.”