Over 4500 vans and people movers could have faulty driver's airbags, as Volkswagen continues its Takata campaign.
Volkswagen Australia has initiated its recall for Caravelle and Multivan models fitted with Takata airbags, affecting vans and people movers across the 2008 to 2015 model years.
The recall is specific to the driver's side airbags, which could have degraded propellant if exposed to high temperatures and humidity over time.
If the condition occurs and the vehicle is involved in a collision that triggers the airbag, the metal inflator housing could rupture, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.
This poses a significant risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle's occupants.
VIN lists are available here for affected Caravelles and here for affected Multivans. The company's local arm has confirmed 4536 units are affected nationally.
Owners will be contacted by Volkswagen Australia, and will be advised to arrange a replacement airbag with their local dealer, free of charge.
For more information call 1800 504 076.
The Takata airbag recall
affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world.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.
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