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The Takata airbag recall has become the largest automotive recall in history, affecting more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world.

Among those are some four million vehicles in Australia. Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries. One Australian motorist lost their life to a faulty Takata airbag in July 2017, one month after another Australian driver was seriously injured.

In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law. See the update links below.

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

UPDATE, February 28, 2018: The Takata airbag recall, previously voluntary, is now compulsory under law. Stories here and here.

NOTE: Vehicles with so-called ‘alpha’ airbag inflators are the top priority in this ongoing recall. Although some four million cars have been affected by faulty Takata airbags in Australia, the number of vehicles fitted with the alpha airbag inflators is believed to be around 90,000.

As of February 28, 2018, the ACCC believes this number may now be closer to 25,000, with many of those cars no longer on the road.

ACCC website: Takata’ alpha’ airbags require immediate replacement

What to do if you think your vehicle may be affected

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

If you would prefer to find out right away, the surest path is to note your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), which is a 17-character alphanumeric serial code that can be found on your vehicle’s registration paperwork, or at the points below.

With this information, you can contact the manufacturer of your vehicle on the numbers listed below. Or, if the brand has added a VIN checker to their website, you can check there.

PLEASE NOTE: At this stage (February 28, 2018), it is possible that your vehicle may be affected but the manufacturer has not yet added it to their website’s database. In this case, a phone call may be the wisest course.

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 being prepared and shipped on an ongoing basis, however due to the unprecedented number of vehicles impacted – now upwards of 4 million in Australia and 100 million globally – there have been delays in supplying and fitting parts.

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

In most cases, the replacement will take approximately 1.5 hours and will be completed free of charge.

What’s the cause of the issue?

From the ACCC: “Certain types of airbags made by Takata Corporation use a chemical called phase-stabilised ammonium nitrate (PSAN) as a propellant. The ACCC’s investigation concluded that Takata PSAN airbags without a desiccant (or drying agent) or with a calcium sulphate desiccant have a design defect.

“Due to the defect, as the airbag ages and is exposed to high temperatures and humidity, the PSAN propellant is exposed to moisture and degrades. If this happens, when the airbag is triggered and deploys (in a collision), it may deploy with too much explosive force, rupturing the airbag inflator housing so that sharp metal fragments shoot out and hit vehicle occupants, potentially injuring or killing them.” 

After years of blaming manufacturing and component-handling errors for the issue, Takata eventually 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 hurt so far? (Updated February 28, 2018)

In addition to the more-than 100 million vehicles recalled around the world, the defective airbags are linked to 23 deaths and more than 230 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?

NOTE: The below list is provided by ProductSafety.gov.au, but it is up-to-date only as of July 2017.

As a result of the February 28 declaration of a compulsory recall, more vehicles are scheduled to be added in April, 2018. Those vehicles have not yet been identified.

Still to be added to this list are Holden, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen. So far this week, only Holden and Volkswagen have confirmed affected models and numbers. See more here: Holden article, Volkswagen article.

Make & model Year Range PRA No.
BMW 3 Series E46  (ALPHA) 12/2001 – 03/2003 2013/13576
BMW 3 Series E46 9/1999 – 8/2006 2013/13576
BMW 5 Series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53 2002-2005 2016/15581
BMW 5 series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53 2000-2004 2017/15881
BMW E70 X5, E71 X6 2007-2012 2017/16230
BMW E70 X5, E71 X6 2007-2012 2017/16298
BMW E70 X5 & E71 X6 2013 2018/16566
Chrysler 300(LE/LX) 2005-2012 2016/15516
Chrysler 300, 300C 2005-2010 2015/14742
Chrysler 300, 300C 2013 2018/16617
Dodge RAM 2004-2010 2016/15516
Ferrari 458, California, FF 2008-2011 2016/15430
Ford Mustang 2006-2014 2015/14924
Honda Accord, CR-V  (ALPHA) 2001-2002 2009/10969
Honda Civic  (ALPHA) 2001 2010/11785
Honda Accord  (ALPHA) 2001-2002 2011/12633
Honda Civic, Accord, Accord Euro, CR-V, Jazz, MDX  (ALPHA) 2001-2003 2013/13549
Honda Jazz  (ALPHA) 2004 2014/14438
Honda Accord Euro, Civic Hybrid, CR-V, Civic, Jazz 2003-2004 2014/14498
Honda Accord Euro, CR-V, Civic, Jazz, City 2002-2009 2015/14703
Honda Jazz, CR-V 2005-2007 2015/14702
Honda MDX, Accord 2001-2007 2015/14737
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid 2006-2012 2015/14819
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid 2011-2014 2016/15197
Honda Civic, Legend, Jazz Hybrid 2006-2012 2016/15198
Honda Accord Euro, City, CR-V, Jazz, Insight 2007-2011 2016/15496
Honda Legend, Odyssey, Accord, MDX 2003-2011 2016/15495
Honda Civic, Accord 2006-2011 2016/15494
Honda Accord Euro, City, Jazz & Insight 2012 2017/15856
Honda Legend 2012 2017/15857
Honda Accord 2012 2017/15859
Honda Civic 2001 2017/15860
Honda Jazz, Jazz Hybrid, Insight and Accord Euro 2013 2018/16523
Jeep Wrangler JK 2007-2012 2016/15516
Jeep Wrangler 2013 2018/16617
Lexus SC430 2000-2003 2013/13545
Lexus IS 250, IS 250C, 350, IS F 2005-2011 2016/15425
Lexus IS 250, IS 350, IS 250C, IS-F, LFA 2011-2012 2017/15846
Lexus IS250, IS250C, IS350 & IS-F 2013 2018/16536
Mazda2 (DE) 2010 2016/15522
Mazda2 2007-2015 2016/15521
Mazda RX-8 2008-2012 2016/15521
Mazda6, BT-50 2005-2011 2015/14761
Mazda6, RX-8 (ALPHA) 2002-2007 2015/14761
Mazda B2500 & B2600 2002-2011 2015/14760
Mazda6, CX-7 & CX-9 2006-2012 2017/16232
Mitsubishi GA & GB i-MiEV 2010-2011 2017/15990
Mitsubishi Lancer 2003-2008 2015/14936
Mitsubishi ML & MN Triton 2007-2014 2016/15523
Mitsubishi Pajero NS, NT, NW, NX 2007-2016 2016/15617
Mitsubishi Pajero NS & NT 2006-2009 2017/15991
Mitsubishi Pajero NT & NW 2010-2012 2017/16025
Mitsubishi Pajero NW & NX 2013-2017 2017/16465
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol 2001 2010/11761
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol 2001 2017/15940
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol, D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail  (ALPHA) 2000-2004 2013/13542
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, A33 maxima  (ALPHA) 2001-2003 2014/14182
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 maxima 2003 2015/14751
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 maxima 2004-2007 2015/14752
Nissan D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail, J31 Maxima, Y61 Patrol 2007-2008 2015/14821
Nissan D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol 2009-2012 2016/15769
Nissan D40 Navara 2008-2014 2016/15228
Nissan D40 Navara 2006-2015 2017/16363
Nissan Tiida 2006-2012 2016/15383
Nissan C11 Tiida 2006-2012 2017/16363
Peformax Silverado, Sierra, Mustang 2007-2008 2015/14789
Subaru Impreza 2004-2007 2015/14715
Subaru Tribeca, Liberty, Outback 2004-2013 2016/15507
Subaru Impreza, Forester 2008-2013 2016/15766
Subaru Exiga 2010-2014 2017/16012
Subaru Liberty & Outback 2010-2014 2017/16013
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso, Lexus SC430  (ALPHA) 2000-2004 2013/13544
Toyota Echo, Rav 4  (ALPHA) 2002-2003 2014/14456
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 2003-2005 2015/14700
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso, Yaris 2003-2007 2015/14701
Toyota Avensis Verso, Yaris 2007-2008 2015/14794
Toyota Corolla, Yaris, Avensis Verso 2006-2011 2016/15709
Toyota Corolla 2003-2005 2017/15950
Toyota Corolla, Yaris & Rukus 2010-2012 2017/16010
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 2002-2003 2017/16014


Make & model Year Range PRA No.
American Honda Motor GL1800 2016/15440
Honda GL1800 Goldwing 2012-2015 2017/15906
Honda GL1800 Goldwing 2012-2015 2017/16006

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