Holden has initiated the Takata recall for the 2005-09 Astra hatch, Astra Wagon, Astra Convertible, and Astra VXR.
As with all Takata-related recalls, airbag inflators in affected cars can degrade because of a combination of high temperatures and humidity.
If cars fitted with a faulty inflator are involved in an accident, too much internal pressure can make the inflator housing explode, sending metal fragments shooting into the cabin.
The recall is split by state, with the breakdown as follows:
- 2005-08 Astra three- and five-door hatch: Nationwide
- 2005-08 Astra Wagon: Nationwide
- 2006-08 HSV Astra VXR: Nationwide
- 2005-2009 Astra Convertible: Nationwide
- 2009 Astra three- and five-door hatch: Victoria, NSW, ACT, Tasmania, SA
- 2009 Astra Wagon: Victoria, NSW, ACT, Tasmania, SA
- 2009 HSV Astra VXR: Victoria, NSW, ACT, Tasmania, SA
A VIN list for the 65,534 vehicles included is attached here.
Holden will contact owners of the affected vehicles and advise them the recall is underway. The company will then follow up and tell them to organise a free replacement inflator when parts become available.
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.