Worldwide an estimated 53 million vehicles are being called back for investigation due to faulty Takata airbags. Over half a million vehicles have been recalled in Australia alone with the expectation for this number to increase. Manufacturers include Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.
In Australia approximately 181,000 Toyota vehicles built between 2003 and 2007 are involved, including Corolla, Yaris, Avensis Verso, Echo and RAV4 models.
The reason for recalls lies within the airbag component. The airbag inflators may be susceptible to moisture intrusion over time, which potentially
If this happens, this could potentially make the inflator assembly prone to rupture during an accident, increasing the risk of injury to the drivers and passengers. There have been no incidents or injuries reported in Australia as a result of this condition.
The Takata airbags inflate with too much force, blowing apart the metal canister containing the bag, and potentially injuring the driver and passengers. The airbags are responsible for six deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. Forbes Business magazine claims that the issue has been known about for years. But, recalls were slow due to Takata’s insistence that the airbag problems were limited to cars in regions with very humid weather.
To add to the issue is the problem of contacting the owners of the affected vehicles. In a lot of cases the cars are no longer with the original buyers, as they are made between 2003 and 2007.
News Ltd lists the following vehicles as recalled so far:
Takata airbags: the recalled models so far
- Chrysler 300C sedan 2006 to 2007
- Honda Jazz 2004 to 2009
- Honda Accord Euro 2004 to 2007
- Honda CR-V 2002 to 2008
- Honda Civic 2004 to 2005
- Nissan N16 Pulsar
- Nissan D22 Navara
- Nissan Y61 Patrol
- Nissan T30 X-TRAIL
- Nissan A33 Maxima
- Toyota Echo 2003 to 2005
- Toyota RAV4 2003 to 2005
- Toyota Corolla 2003 to 2007
- Toyota Yaris 2005 to 2007
- Toyota Avensis 2003 to 2007
Recalls of vehicles have become all too frequent with the car industry releasing new and more models more frequently.
Wishing you and your customers a safe drive!