BMW Australia has announced it will be commencing the next phase of its Takata airbag recall work this month, detailing a staggered repair schedule over the coming year.
UPDATE, 6/12/18: The contents of the table originally provided were inaccurate. We have updated the initiation schedule below.
The company says global part supply constraints have caused the 12-month rollout, so it's decided to prioritise the repairs based on a vehicle's model year.
Like other Takata-related recalls, the inflator propellant in affected vehicles could degrade over time when exposed to high temperatures and humidity over time.
If the condition occurs and the vehicle is in a collision that triggers the airbag, the 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.
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.