Subaru Australia has recalled several model lines over Takata airbags, including older-generation versions of the Impreza, Forester, Liberty and Outback.
Affected vehicles have been subject to previous recalls involving like-for-like replacement airbags as part of the ongoing Takata campaign, with the new ones not at risk of the well-documented fault.
Like previous Takata-related recalls, affected inflators could have propellant that degrades over time due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity.
If the affected vehicle is involved in a collision that triggers the airbag and the inflator is faulty, the metal inflator housing could rupture upon deployment, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.
This poses a serious risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle's occupants.
Affected model lines by year are as follows:
- Subaru Impreza MY2004-14 (27,518 units), includes WRX and WRX STI
- Subaru Forester MY2009-12 (16,151 units)
- Subaru Liberty MY2010-14 (5123 units)
- Subaru Outback MY2010-14 (6184 units)
VIN lists are linked to their corresponding model line above. There are a total of 54,976 vehicles affected by this recall.
Owners are urged to contact their preferred Subaru dealer to arrange the replacement of their airbag inflator, free of charge.
For more information, use the company's local VIN look-up tool, or contact 1300 550 994.
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