Little VW hatchbacks sold in some of Australia's hottest, most humid climes are up for recall.
2010-14 Volkswagen Polo models sold in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia have been recalled to have their faulty driver-side Takata airbags replaced.
As with all Takata recalls, a combination of heat and humidity can make the airbag propellant degrade over time. If a car with an affected inflator is involved in an accident, there's a risk the inflator housing will rupture under too much internal pressure, sending shrapnel shooting into the cabin.
A total of 1656 cars are included in the campaign – a VIN list is attached here.
Volkswagen will contact owners of the affected vehicles and advise them to organise a free replacement inflator 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 added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall last year. 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