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by Matt Campbell

Lexus has announced it will recall a further 2166 vehicles in Australia as part of the global Takata airbag recall controversy.

Lexus Australia has added 2166 more cars to the recall list, with that figure including 100 IS F models, 260 IS250C convertibles, 565 IS250 sedans, 1231 examples of the IS350 and even 10 Lexus LFA supercars.

The IS models affected were all built between January 1 and December 30, 2012, while the LFA models were hand-built over the period from February 2011 to June 2012. This recall comes further to the original Lexus IS recall announced mid-way through 2016, which affected approximately 21,750 vehicles  built between 2005 and 2011.

Lexus LFA supercar featuring black and blue interior

The airbag recall relates to the change that the airbag inflators could be susceptible to moisture intrusion, and the inflator could be prone to rupture in the event of accident. This could thus increase the risk of injury to the car’s occupants – there have been a number of injuries and even 11 deaths as a result of this issue globally.

Lexus Australia stresses there have been no reports of incidents or injuries locally.

Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by the company by phone or mail, and while the fix isn’t expected to take too long for the IS (two hours) it is a two-day repair/replacement for the LFA. And on top of that, the wait for parts for both cars is lengthy.

2009 Lexus IS 250C Sports Luxury

Lexus IS 350 F Sport model

“Replacement parts are presently being prepared,” a statement from the brand read. “Due to the number of vehicles impacted globally, it is anticipated that sufficient parts will be available to commence recall repairs from late 2017.

“When parts are available, impacted vehicle owners will again be contacted and asked to take their vehicle to an authorised Lexus dealer for repair.”

All repairs will be free of charge, and concerned owners can contact the Lexus Customer Assistance Centre on 1800 023 009.

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