BMW has completed 42 per cent of its Takata inflator replacements, with affected vehicles including the 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, X3, X5 and X6 sold between 2001 and 2016.
As of August 31, 2018, the company had changed 42 per cent of dodgy inflators overall. The most dangerous alpha inflators are sitting at a 75 per cent completion rate, with 887 outstanding. Of that 887, around 350 cars aren't registered or have been written off.
By way of comparison, Honda has completed 92 per cent of its inflator replacements, with a total of 616,840.
Along with its usual recall notices and VIN checks at every service, the company has been calling, texting and emailing customers. It's even been knocking on doors in an attempt to warn particularly hard-to-reach customers of the threat posed by Takata inflators.
The risk posed by the faulty airbags was summed up by Tony Weber, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries chief executive, earlier this year:
“In certain circumstances, there is a chance as high as 1-in-2 that these may rupture on deployment in a collision. These vehicles with alpha airbag inflators should not be driven and owners should immediately contact their manufacturer.If a faulty Takata airbag inflator ruptures, metal fragments will propel out of the airbag and into the vehicle cabin, potentially causing serious injury or death to occupants. It is vital that vehicle owners don’t underestimate the seriousness of this national recall.”
Earlier this year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) made the Takata recall mandatory, forcing manufacturers to change all faulty inflators by December 31, 2020. There are steep financial penalties for those who don't meet the mark.
Just this week, South Australia announced it won't allow anyone still driving with an alpha inflator to register their cars from November 1.
Globally, ruptures of defective Takata airbags have been associated with at least 23 deaths and 230 injuries. In Australia, one person has been killed and another seriously injured in separate incidents involving defective Takata airbags.