Honda Australia is once again pleading with customers to get vehicles fitted with potentially-lethal Takata airbags repaired as soon as possible.

Despite a repair rate of 81 per cent across the nation, the Japanese manufacturer says there are still 94,325 of its cars Down Under that are in need of a repair.

Many owners have been subject to between two and eight recall letters, with Honda Australia reporting that over 1 million pieces of communication have been sent to affected owners in the form of text messages and written letters.

In an effort to further illustrate the dangers of the faulty airbag inflators, the company has issued a more graphic letter to customers with the title: "Choosing Not to Act Could Be Deadly".

Three images are shown displaying the potential risks of abnormal airbag deployment, including a puncture hole in the front headrest and the vehicle's roof as a result of metal fragments shooting out of the faulty inflator.

"As we continue to address the Takata recall, we hope this more graphic imagery will highlight to customers the importance of having their affected vehicles repaired,” said Stephen Collins, director of Honda Australia.

"We encourage all Australians, if they have a friend or family member who owns a Honda vehicle, to urge them to jump on the Honda Australia website to check if their vehicle is affected. If their vehicle has been recalled they must act on it, even if they don’t service with us. All repairs will be done free of charge."

"Given the widespread media focus on this situation, there’s no reason for customers to ignore the efforts by Honda to complete this recall,” Mr. Collins said. “It is our priority to address this situation right across Australia," he added.

Currently, the company is in the process of completing repairs for customers in Mt Isa, Queensland, with two technicians from Honda's Brisbane office completing the recall work.

Meanwhile, a similar program is underway in Western Australia for customers in Kununurra, Exmouth, Karratha, Port Hedland, Broome, Newman, Esperance and Tom Price. Repairs are also underway in Northern Territory's Tennant Creek.

Honda is also targeting far-reach towns like Whyalla and Broken Hill, and there are plans to commence work in Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Port Lincoln in South Australia in South Australia from November.

Vehicles on Thursday Island, north of Cape York, are also earmarked for repair work in the coming months.

According to the company's statistics, 527,408 airbag repairs have been completed so far, with a further 122,971 inflators requiring work - representing an 81 per cent completion rate.

Honda says dealers are completing up to 7000 inflator repairs per week, peaking at 9000 in one week with some dealers staying open on Saturdays to repair vehicles.

If you think your Honda is affected by the Takata airbag recall, you can check via Honda's website using your vehicle's VIN number. Customers can also contact 1800 789 839.


Faulty Takata airbags have been linked to 19 deaths globally, including one in Australia, along with some 200 injuries. While 12 manufacturers have already issued recall notices for around 2.5 million vehicles in Australia, (UPDATE, 28/02/2018: the number is now around 4 million) the government wants further action to be taken.

The tally of affected vehicles worldwide now exceeds 100 million units.

Last month the Australian Federal Government proposed a compulsory recall for all vehicles fitted with the potentially life-threatening inflators, following an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The faulty airbags use ammonium nitrate to inflate. Without a moisture-absorbing desiccant, the chemical compound degrades when exposed to humidity and moisture over time. When deployed, the burning ammonium nitrate could potentially explode its degraded container, which then becomes a projectile.


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 & modelYear Range
BMW 3 Series E461999-2006
BMW 5 Series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E532002-2005
BMW 5 series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53
Chrysler 300(LE/LX)2005-2012
Chrysler 300C2005-2010
Dodge RAM2004-2010
Ferrari 458, California, FF2008-2011
Ford Mustang2006-2014
Honda Accord/CRV2001-2002
Honda Civic2001
Honda Accord2001-2002
Honda Civic, CR-V, Jazz2001-2003
Honda Jazz2004
Honda Accord, CR-V, Civic, Jazz2003-2004
Honda Accord Euro, CR-V, Civic, Jazz2002-2009
Honda Jazz, CR-V2005-2007
Honda MDX, Accord2001-2006
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz2006-2012
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz2011-2014
Honda Civic, Legend, Jazz2006-2012
Honda Accord Euro, City, CR-V, Jazz, Insight2007-2011
Honda Legend, Odyssey, Accord, MDX2003-2011
Honda Civic, Accord2006-2011
Jeep Wrangler JK2007-2012
Lexus SC4302000-2003
Lexus IS 250, IS 250C, 350, IS F2005-2011
Lexus IS 250, IS 350, IS 250C, IS-F, LFA2011-2012
Mazda 2, B Series, BT-502006-2011
Mazda 2, RX-82003-2014
Mazda 62002-2003
Mazda 6, RX-82002-2004
Mazda 62005-2007
Mazda 62006-2009
Mazda 6, RX-8, B2500 ute/cab chassis, B2600 ute/cab chassis, BT-502002-2011
Mitsubishi GA & GB i-MiEV2010-2011
Mitsubishi Lancer2003-2008
Mitsubishi ML & MN Triton2007-2014
Mitsubishi Pajero NS, NT, NW, NX2007-2016
Mitsubishi Pajero NS & NT2006-2009
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol2001
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol, D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail2000-2004
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, A33 maxima2001-2003
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 maxima2003
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 maxima2004-2007
Nissan D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail, J31 Maxima2007-2008
Nissan D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol2009-2012
Nissan D40 Navara2008-2014
Nissan Tiida2006-2012
Performax Silverado, Sierra, Mustang2007-2008
Subaru Impreza2004-2007
Subaru Impreza, Forester2008-2009
Subaru Tribeca, Liberty, Outback2004-2009
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso2000-2004
Toyota Echo, Rav 42002-2003
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso, Yaris2003-2007
Toyota Corolla, Yaris, Avensis Verso2006-2011
Toyota Corolla, Yaris & Rukus2010-2012
Toyota Avensis Verso, Yaris2007-2008
Toyota Echo, Rav 42003-2005
Toyota Echo, Rav 42002-2003

The Australian government (ACCC) has set up a Takata recalls info page, too. LINK HERE