Audi TT, R8 join Takata airbag recall

1433 Audi coupes are included in the latest expansion of ongoing campaign.
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Audi has added the current-generation TT and R8 to its Takata recall list,

As with all Takata-related recalls, affected vehicles are fitted with airbag inflator propellant that, when exposed to heat and humidity, can degrade over time. In the case of these Audis, it's the driver's airbag that is affected.

In the event of an accident triggering the airbag, the metal inflator housing can rupture under the pressure, sending metal fragments shooting into the cabin.

A total of 1433 units are included in this recall – a VIN list is attached here.

Audi Australia will contact owners, and advise them to get in touch with their nearest dealership for a free fix.

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.