'Critical recall' sees 1843 MY10 Cruze models asked back to rectify potentially deadly inflators, while recall for wider Barina, Cruze and Trax model lines now extends to all states and territories.
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GM Holden has issued an extended recall for the Barina, Cruze and Trax model lines as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign.

Additionally, Holden has classified the notice for MY10 Cruze models manufactured between February 2009 and September 2009 as a 'critical recall' as the vehicle is more than six years old. It's worth noting, though, that while the recall is 'critical', these vehicles aren't fitted with the more dangerous 'alpha' airbags.

"It is recommended that you stop driving the vehicle and immediately arrange for airbag replacement as the vehicle has a heightened risk of causing injury or death," Holden says in its recall notice.

"GM Holden will offer to arrange for your vehicle to either be towed to the place of replacement or for a mobile technician to be sent to the vehicle (or some similar arrangement), so that you do not have to drive the vehicle in order to receive a replacement airbag."

A VIN list for the 1843 units under the 'critical' classification can be accessed here.

Meanwhile, Holden has extended the Takata recall notice issued in July 2018 originally affecting vehicles registered in Queensland and Northern Territory – now, vehicles across the MY12-18 Barina, MY11-16 Cruze and MY13-18 Trax lines are being recalled, regardless of state or territory they're registered in.

The VIN list for these units is available here.

Owners of the recalled Holden models are urged to contact their preferred dealer or get in touch with the company's head office via its recall website to arrange the replacement of their airbag, free of charge.

"You are also entitled to request special arrangements, such as a loan or hire car or reimbursement for alternative transportation costs," Holden says.

Customers can also check whether their vehicle is affected by using the company's online VIN look-up tool or by contacting 1800 632 836.

You can also view the original recall notice here.


The latest ACCC figures show 3.2 million airbags (78.9 per cent) have been replaced during the Takata recall campaign, leaving 600,000 vehicles (14.8 per cent) on the road with Takata airbag inflators still fitted.

A further 6.3 per cent of vehicles originally included in the recall have been written off, scrapped or unregistered for more than two years, meaning they can't have their airbag replaced.

There are 24 reported deaths and more than 260 injuries from faulty inflators worldwide. One local motorist was killed by a Takata airbag in July 2017, while another was seriously injured in June of the same year.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.