Ferrari has added more vehicles to the ever-expanding Takata airbag recall, with its entire 2013 range all potentially fitted with faulty airbags.
As with all Takata-related recalls, the fault centres around airbag inflator propellant that can degrade over time when exposed to a combination of high temperatures and humidity.
If the condition occurs, the metal inflator housing can rupture or explode if the airbag is deployed in the event of an accident, shooting metal fragments through the cushion into the cabin. This poses a serious risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle's occupants.
Owners are urged to contact their local dealer or Ferrari Australasia on 1800 234 392, to arrange for a replacement airbag inflator free of charge.
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.
According to the Australian Government, the risk of a defective Takata airbag rupturing may arise between 6 and 25 years after it is installed in a vehicle. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.