McLaren Automotive has commenced its Takata airbag recall, affecting models sold from 2012 through 2018.
As with all Takata-related notices, vehicles included in the recall could be fitted with airbags that degrade over time due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity.
If the condition occurs and the vehicle is involved in an accident where the airbags are triggered, the metal inflator housing could rupture upon deployment, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.
This poses a high risk of injury, even death to the vehicle's occupants.
Affected models include the MP4-12C, 650S, 540C, 570S and 570GT amongst others – the VIN list is available here. McLaren's local division says these vehicles were available for sale from 1 January 2012 through 31 December 2018 (yes, we know the timeframe goes into the future).
Owners will be contacted and notified of the recall action, or can get in touch with their local dealer to arrange the replacement of their airbags, free of charge.
For more information, visit the company's local website.
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. The ACCC earlier this year 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.
Concerned owners can check if their vehicle needs a new inflator at www.IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au.