The Subaru Impreza has become the latest vehicle in Australia affected by the massive global recall of cars fitted with potentially faulty Takata airbags.
Subaru has recalled 33,548 Impreza models produced between 2004 and 2007. The year models and VIN ranges are as follows:
MY2004: 021344 to 045216. MY2005: 024602 to 058988. MY2006: 024801 to 057412. MY2007: 034808 to 073605
They join more than 120,000 previously recalled for the same issue in 2013 and 2014 by those three brands, as well as BMW, Chrysler, Lexus, Mazda and Mercedes-Benz.
The global Takata recall is now the single biggest product recall of any type in history. In addition to the 53 million-plus vehicles recalled around the world (including 34 million in the US), the defective airbags are linked to six deaths and more than 100 injuries.
There have been no incidents or injuries reported in Australia relating to the defect.
The Subaru recall relates to defective airbag inflators fitted to the front passenger airbags. 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 this week acknowledged its airbag inflators were defective.
Subaru’s Australian importer said this week that known owners will be contacted by mail as soon as parts become available to present their vehicle to their preferred Subaru Retailer for the replacement of the passenger’s front airbag inflator.
Read our full breakdown of everything you need to know about the Takata recall, including details on every other affected vehicle, here.