The array of Holden Astra variants added to the Takata recall has expanded, with cars in some of Australia's hottest and most humid climes included.
Holden has expanded its Astra Takata recall, including 2009 three-door, five-door, Wagon, and HSV VXR models sold in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia in the campaign announced last week.
As with all Takata-related recalls, a combination of heat and humidity can make the airbag propellant degrade. If a car with a faulty inflator is involved in an accident, the metal inflator housing could rupture under too much pressure, sending metal fragments shooting into the cabin.
A total of 1332 cars are included in the campaign – a VIN list 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.