Audi has expanded the cars included in its Takata airbag recall, adding the previous-generation A4 Cabriolet to the list which already includes the A3 (8P), A5 Sportback (8T), A5 Cabriolet (8F) and Q5 (8R).
As with all Takata recalls, a combination of heat and humidity can make the airbag inflator propellant degrade. If an affected vehicle is involved in a crash triggering the airbag, metal fragments can shoot into the cabin, putting the driver and other occupants at risk of serious injury or death.
A total of 26,148 cars are included in this expanded recall, a VIN list is attached here.
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.