Ferrari has recalled cars sold in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 model years Down Under to have their faulty Takata airbags replaced.
That means the (deep breath) 2016-17 California T, 2016 458 Speciale, 2016 458 Speciale Aperta, 2016-18 488 GTB, 2016-18 488 Spider, 2016-17 F12 Berlinetta, 2016 FF, 2016-17 F12tdf and 2017-18 GTC4 Lusso are all up for new inflators. Phew.
As with all Takata recalls, affected vehicles are fitted with airbag inflators that can degrade over time due to a combination of heat and humidity.
If an included vehicle is involved in an accident, there's a risk the inflator's metal housing could rupture under too much internal pressure, sending metal shrapnel flying into the cabin.
A total of 480 cars are included in the campaign – a VIN list is attached here.
Ferrari Australia will contact owners of the affected vehicles and advise them to organise a replacement with their nearest dealership.
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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