The recall follows an earlier campaign, which focused on Australia's hottest and most humid states.
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Volkswagen has recalled 2010-2014 Polo models to have driver-side Takata airbag inflators replaced.

As with all Takata-related recalls, a combination of heat and humidity can make the airbag inflator propellant degrade. If a vehicle with an affected inflator is involved in an accident triggering the airbag, there's a risk the metal inflator housing will rupture under too much internal pressure.

If the housing ruptures, shrapnel could shoot through the airbag cushion, putting occupants at serious risk of injury or death.

A total of 2579 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 airbag inflator with their nearest dealer.


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