Vehicles brought into Australia between 2016 and 2017 could be fitted with potentially deadly inflators.
Platinum Import Garage has issued a recall for imported Mitsubishi Delica and Lancer vehicles as part of the ever-expanding Takata airbag campaign.
As with other Takata-related recalls, affected vehicles could be fitted with faulty airbags which can have degraded propellant as a result of exposure to heat and humidity over time.
If the vehicle is involved in an accident, the airbag's metal inflator housing could rupture when deployed, shooting metal fragments into the cabin. This poses a serious risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle's occupants.
Affected units were sold between 1 March 2016 through 31 March 2017 – a VIN list for these vehicles can be viewed here.
Owners are urged to contact Platinum Import Garage on (07) 3601 7103 to arrange the replacement of the faulty airbags.
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.