Holden has announced an enormous 333,000 vehicles are to be recalled in Australia as part of the ever-widening Takata airbag scandal, the largest automotive recall in history.
Holden has pointed out that none of its vehicles are fitted with the oldest Takata 'alpha' airbags determined as the biggest risk.
Holden was one of two brands (alongside Volkswagen/Audi) that didn't announce any local Takata recalls until the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) forced it through legislation, earlier this week.
A letter to the ACCC in October last year said its parent, General Motors, had so far determined its Takata airbags to be safe, with a decision on a voluntary recall to be deferred until further studies are completed in March 2018.
Holden had requested the ACCC “allow time” for those final tests to be carried out. The ACCC said no.
In a release circulated today, Holden said:
"We are developing our plan in response to the recall. The recall notice calls for a progressive series of recalls, and our plan will reflect this."
GM vehicles sold in Australia impacted by the recall:
- Holden Astra-H (MY 2005 – 2009)
- Opel Astra -J (MY2012 – 2013)
- Holden Astra-J (MY2014 – 2017)
- Holden Trax (MY2013 – 2018)
- Holden Barina (MY2012 – 2018)
- Holden Cruze (MY2010 – 2016)
- Holden Cascada (MY2015 – 2017)
- Opel Cascada (MY2014)
- Opel Mokka (MY2014)
- Opel Zafira (MY2013)
- SAAB 9-3 (MY2006 – 2011)
- SAAB 9-5 (MY2006 – 2011)
No other Holden or GM cars are affected by this recall.
The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are more than four million vehicles in Australia, the equivalent of four years of nationwide sales.
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.