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The number of vehicles affected by the Takata airbag scandal has grown by a further 59,522 units, with Mitsubishi Motors Australia recalling older examples of its Lancer and Lancer Evolution models this week.

Affected vehicles in the Mitsubishi range include sedan and wagon variants of the CH Lancer, along with the CY and CZ Lancer Evolution, all built between June 11 2003 and December 30 2008.

The recalled Mitsubishi models are believed to be equipped with a defective airbag inflator manufactured by Japanese company Takata.

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As with affected models across other brands, activation of the inflator during airbag deployment could see metallic fragments released into the cabin, posing a risk of serious injury to occupants.

Mitsubishi has confirmed it will write to affected owners, however concerned owners can also contact the company’s Customer Assistance line at 1300 13 12 11.

The global recall is easily the largest in automotive history, with more than a dozen carmakers and an estimated 53 million vehicles affected. In Australia, the number of vehicles recalled is nearing 900,000 – around seven percent of the roughly 13,500,000 passenger vehicles registered nationally.

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