Two million cars hit by airbag recall

Moving Well | RACV | Posted on 28 February 2018

With more than two million Australian cars subject to the Takata airbag recall, RACV is urging manufacturers to act quickly.

The federal government has announced a recall of 2.3 million vehicles with defective Takata airbags that pose a serious threat to lives.

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.

A piece of metal shrapnel from a defective Takata airbag. Photo: Getty Images.

In July last year, 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.”

What you must do

  • Go to the Product Safety Authority website to see whether your vehicle is affected.
  • If your car, motorcycle or truck is on the list, call your local dealership or manufacturer immediately to arrange to get the airbags replaced.
  • If your vehicle has Takata Alpha airbags (as noted on the Product Safety Authority list) do not drive the vehicle as it is a critical safety risk.
  • Do not interfere with the vehicle’s safety features as it could pose a serious safety risk.