Subaru Australia has recalled 2004-2007 Imprezas fitted with replacement Takata airbag inflators.

According to the company, some replacement passenger airbag inflators might have been installed incorrectly. More specifically, the inflators may have been installed in reverse.

In the event of an accident, the passenger airbag might not deploy correctly, increasing the risk of injury.

It's an embarrassing mistake for Subaru, given the error occurred while trying to rectify another potentially life-threatening defect with their cars – albeit one caused by a supplier.

A total of 8908 cars are affected by the recall – you can see the VIN list here.

Subaru Australia will contact affected owners by mail, and advise them to take their car to a dealer for a (free) fix. The potentially-faulty inflator will be inspected and, if faulty, replaced.


Update, 03/01/2017: Subaru has released a revised VIN list for the recall. The link in the story has been updated to reflect that. 


UPDATE28/02/2018: 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, the government wants further action to be taken.

Owners who think their vehicle could be affected should check to see if their unit’s make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) are listed on the Product Safety Australia website.