The malfunctioning Takata airbags, which can spray shrapnel when deployed, have been linked to 230 injuries and 23 deaths worldwide, including one in Sydney in 2017.
Suppliers are required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020. Cars with the high-risk “alpha” airbags, which have a one-in-two chance of exploding dangerously during a crash, are a top priority.
Cars affected include various models of BMW, GM Holden, Honda, Mitsubishi and Toyota dating from 2002 to 2014 models.
Under the urgent recall, owners are entitled to have affected cars towed to a dealership at the manufacturer’s expense and have the airbags replaced for free.
Delia says under the compulsory recall, 425,971 vehicles are still to be rectified but the critical listing identifies 20,000 cars that require the “immediate” replacement of the airbags.
The number of critical cars may increase as manufacturers continue to review safety risks, so drivers should re-check regularly whether their airbags are in critical need of replacement.
“This is a rolling recall, which means that more vehicles can be added to the critical category at any time, and we’re urging consumers not to ignore recall messages from manufacturers to get their airbag replaced,” Delia says.
As at 31 August 2019 around 3.36 million airbags (82.4 per cent of total airbags supplied) have now been replaced in 2.41 million vehicles (some vehicles have a driver and passenger airbag). There are still 483,071 airbags in 425,971 vehicles subject to the recall.
Michael Case, RACV’s manager vehicle engineering, urges all owners to go to the ACCC website to check if their vehicles are on the list.
“If your car is on the list do not drive it,” Michael says. “As it is a critical recall, owners are entitled to have the car towed to the dealership and have the airbag replaced for free.
“Drivers may even be eligible for a loan vehicle while their airbag is being replaced.
“RACV suggests contacting your manufacturer or local dealership for advice on how to proceed if your car is on the list.”
If you’re in any doubt, or have recently purchased a second-hand vehicle, you can easily check your car’s airbag status on the ismyairbagsafe website.
Critical vehicles on the recall list
Holden: 1843 vehicles
Honda: 6043 vehicles
- City 2012
- CR-V 2011
- Insight 2012-2013
- Jazz 2012-2014
- Jazz Hybrid 2012-2013
- Civic 2006-2011
- Legend 2007-2012
- Accord 2001-2007
- MDX 2003-2006
Toyota: 582 vehicles
- Echo 2003-2005
- Rav4 2003-2005
BMW: 7909 vehicles
- 5 Series (E39) 2002-2003
- 3 Series (E46) 2001-2006
- X5 (E53) 2003
Mitsubishi: 3254 vehicles
- Triton ML 2007-2014
- Triton MN 2007-2014