Volkswagen has started with cars in the hottest, most humid parts of Australia. A total of 4333 vehicles are included in the initial campaign.
Volkswagen has kicked off the Takata recall campaign for its B7 Passat, focusing on cars in the hottest and most humid parts of Australia.
As with all cars included in the Takata recall, a combination of heat and humidity can make the airbag propellant degrade over time. If vehicles with a faulty inflator are involved in an accident triggering the airbags, there's a risk the unit could explode under too much internal pressure.
If that happens, metal fragments can shoot into the cabin, putting occupants at risk of serious injury or death.
A total of 4333 cars sold between June 1, 2010 and January 1, 2016 in Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia are impacted. A VIN list is attached here.
Volkswagen will contact owners of the impacted vehicles, and advise them to organise a free replacement inflator.
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