Nine SUVs affected by campaign
Overseas Vehicle Sales has added the 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade to the ever-growing list of vehicles on the Takata airbag recall.
As affected vehicles age, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can make the airbag inflator propellant degrade. If cars suffering the condition are involved in an accident, the metal inflator housing could rupture, sending metal fragments into the cabin, and putting occupants at risk of serious injury or death.
Nine vehicles are impacted by this recall – a VIN list is attached here.
Owners will be contacted over the phone to confirm their address, before having a letter sent to that address informing them of the recall. The faulty inflators will be replaced, free of charge.
Concerned owners can call (03) 9765 1300 for more information.
The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are more than five 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, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020. Last month the ACCC added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.