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.
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.