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UPDATE, July 22, 2017: Australia’s first Takata-related fatality has occurred in New South Wales. Story here.

The Takata airbag recall has become the largest automotive recall in history, affecting more than 53 million vehicles and more than a dozen car makers around the world.

Among those are more than half a million vehicles in Australia, including more than 410,000 recalled by Honda, Nissan and Toyota over the past week. They join more than 120,000 previously recalled for the same issue in 2013 and 2014 by those three brands, as well as BMW, ChryslerLexusMazda and Mercedes-Benz.

Update 1: Subaru has recalled 33,548 2004-2007 Impreza models over the same issue.

Update 2: More Chrysler 300 models have been announced as part of the recall. The models affected were built between 2005-2010.

Update 3: Honda has added 21,240 2003-2006 MDX and 2001-2006 Accord models to its recall.

Update 4: Mazda recalled 79,919 cars made between 2002 and 2009 on June 10.

(Update – number of Australian-market cars recalled now around 700,000).

Update 5: Lexus has recalled the SC430. No exact number confirmed, but cars affected are built between May 2003 and December 2007. Further, Toyota has expanded its recall on the Yaris and Avensis Verso models for vehicles made between April 2003 and December 2008.

Update 6: A number of RHD conversions are affected. See here.

News of the record-breaking recall has sent a flood of concerned consumers to the government’s recalls.gov.au website this morning. Excessive traffic has crashed the site for hours.

Update 7: Honda’s recall has now expanded to approximately 306,000 vehicles. See here.

Update 8: Nissan has confirmed that its recall has potentially affected nearly 191,000 models. See here.

Update 9: Mitsubishi Australia has recalled nearly 60,000 examples of its previous-generation Lancer models. Details here.

Update 10: Honda recalls CR-V, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid, City, Insight. Details here.

Update 11: Honda recalls Civic, Jazz, Legend. Details here.

Update 10: Honda Australia extends recall by 21,083 vehicles. Details here.

Update 11: Nissan has recalled 41,373 D40 Navara vehicles. Details here.

Update 12: Nissan has recalled 41,154 C11 Tiida vehicles. Details here

Update 13: Lexus recalls IS250, IS250C, IS350 and IS F. Approximately 21,750 vehicles are affected. Details here.

Update 14: Ferrari has examples of the 458 Italia, 458 Spider, California and FF in Australia. Details here.

Update 15: Honda extends its Australian recall by a further 200,000 vehicles. Details here.

Update 16: Subaru recalls Liberty, Outback and Tribeca. 75,943 vehicles are affected. Details here.

Update 17: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recalls Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Ram. 22,345 vehicles affected. Details here.

Update 18: Mitsubishi recalls Triton, 57,025 vehicles affected. Details here.

Update 19: Mazda 2, B Series, BT-50, RX-8 recalled. 162,084 vehicles affected. Details here.

Update 20: BMW recalls older-generation 3 Series, 5 Series, X5. 28,577 vehicles affected. Details here.

Update 21: Toyota recalls previous-generation Corolla, Yaris and Avensis Verso. 179,710 vehicles affected. Details here.

Update 22: Subaru recalls 2009 Forester and 2008-2009 Impreza. 34,563 vehicles affected. Details here.

Update 23: Nissan recalls previous-genertion ‘D22’ Navara and ‘Y61’ Patrol, 20,906 vehicles affected. Details here.

Update 24: Honda recalls previous-generation Accord, Accord Euro, Civic, City, Insight, Jazz and Legend, 25,282 vehicles affected. Details here.

Update 25: Mitsubishi recalls i-MiEV. Details here.

CarAdvice has compiled the following report with everything you need to know about the Takata airbag recall.

What’s the problem?

The recall relates to defective airbag inflators fitted to the driver and front passenger airbags of certain vehicles.

The defective airbag inflator wafers are susceptible to moisture intrusion over time, which can cause them to rupture during airbag deployment. Ruptured airbag inflators may create metal fragments that can strike and injure occupants.

After years of blaming manufacturing and component-handling errors for the issue, Takata has acknowledged its airbag inflators were defective.

On June 27, 2017, it was made official that Takata Corporation has filed for bankruptcy. The company will be purchased by rival supplier, Key Safety Systems, which intends to drop the Takata name. The sale focuses on Takata’s other operations and does not include its airbag business.

What’s the damage?

In addition to the 53 million vehicles (as of late May 2015, it has grown since) recalled around the world (including 34 million in the US), the defective airbags are linked to six deaths and more than 100 injuries.

In June, 2017, a young Darwin motorist became Australia’s first victim of the Takata saga, suffering injuries during a minor crash.

Weeks late, in July, 2017, Australia’s first Takata-related fatality was recorded. 

Which cars are affected?

The following lists the vehicles recalled in Australia over the Takata airbag issue, as of April 2017. (It’s worth noting that some vehicles inside the date ranges listed below are not affected by the recalls.)

Make & model Year Range
BMW 3 Series E46 1999-2006
BMW 5 Series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53 2002-2005
BMW 5 series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53
Chrysler 300(LE/LX) 2005-2012
Chrysler 300C 2005-2010
Dodge RAM 2004-2010
Ferrari 458, California, FF 2008-2011
Ford Mustang 2006-2014
Honda Accord/CRV 2001-2002
Honda Civic 2001
Honda Accord 2001-2002
Honda Civic, CR-V, Jazz 2001-2003
Honda Jazz 2004
Honda Accord, CR-V, Civic, Jazz 2003-2004
Honda Accord Euro, CR-V, Civic, Jazz 2002-2009
Honda Jazz, CR-V 2005-2007
Honda MDX, Accord 2001-2006
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz 2006-2012
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz 2011-2014
Honda Civic, Legend, Jazz 2006-2012
Honda Accord Euro, City, CR-V, Jazz, Insight 2007-2011
Honda Legend, Odyssey, Accord, MDX 2003-2011
Honda Civic, Accord 2006-2011
Jeep Wrangler JK 2007-2012
Lexus SC430 2000-2003
Lexus IS 250, IS 250C, 350, IS F 2005-2011
Lexus IS 250, IS 350, IS 250C, IS-F, LFA 2011-2012
Mazda 2, B Series, BT-50 2006-2011
Mazda 2, RX-8 2003-2014
Mazda 6 2002-2003
Mazda 6, RX-8 2002-2004
Mazda 6 2005-2007
Mazda 6 2006-2009
Mazda 6, RX-8, B2500 ute/cab chassis, B2600 ute/cab chassis, BT-50 2002-2011
Mitsubishi GA & GB i-MiEV 2010-2011
Mitsubishi Lancer 2003-2008
Mitsubishi ML & MN Triton 2007-2014
Mitsubishi Pajero NS, NT, NW, NX 2007-2016
Mitsubishi Pajero NS & NT 2006-2009
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol 2001
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol, D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail 2000-2004
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, A33 maxima 2001-2003
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 maxima 2003
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 maxima 2004-2007
Nissan D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail, J31 Maxima 2007-2008
Nissan D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol 2009-2012
Nissan D40 Navara 2008-2014
Nissan Tiida 2006-2012
Peformax Silverado, Sierra, Mustang 2007-2008
Subaru Impreza 2004-2007
Subaru Impreza, Forester 2008-2009
Subaru Tribeca, Liberty, Outback 2004-2009
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso 2000-2004
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 2002-2003
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso, Yaris 2003-2007
Toyota Corolla, Yaris, Avensis Verso 2006-2011
Toyota Corolla, Yaris & Rukus 2010-2012
Toyota Avensis Verso, Yaris 2007-2008
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 2003-2005
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 2002-2003

A number of recalls related to the Takata airbag fault have been announced since 2013. You can view our ongoing coverage here.

How can I get my car fixed?

Car makers will attempt to notify affected vehicle owners of the recall by mail at their last known address and inform them when parts become available.

Replacement parts are currently being prepared, however due to the unprecedented number of vehicles impacted globally, it’s anticipated that sufficient parts may not be available to complete the recalls until next year.

Depending on the vehicle, either the driver and front passenger airbag inflators will be replaced.

The replacement will take approximately 1.5 hours and will be completed free of charge.

How can I contact my car maker for more information?

Phone numbers for the customer support centres for the three manufacturers affected by this week’s recalls:

Honda Australia: 1800 804 954
Nissan Australia: 1800 988 334
Toyota Australia: 1800 987 366
Chrysler Australia: 1300 133 079
Mazda Australia: 1800 034 411