Holden has added 2013 Trax, 2012-13 Barina and 2010-13 Cruze models registered in the Northern Territory and Queensland to the Takata recall list.
As is the case with all cars included in the Takata campaign, affected vehicles are fitted with airbags where high temperatures and humidity can make the propellant degrade. If an affected vehicle is in an accident where the airbags are triggered, the housing could rupture and metal fragments could shoot out and injure (or kill) occupants.
Holden is asking owners of the affected vehicles to contact their nearest dealership for a free replacement airbag. Those concerned their vehicles are impacted can call 1800 632 826 for more information about the issue.
Recalls for the rest of the (less humid, cooler) states will follow the initial campaign up north.
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.