Local conversion specialist Victorian American Imports has issued a recall for the 2007-08 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall.
In affected vehicles, the front passenger side airbags could be faulty. Like previous Takata-related notices, airbags in affected vehicles could have propellant that degrades over time due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity.
Should the vehicle be involved in an accident that triggers the airbags, the metal inflator housing could rupture upon deployment, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.
This poses a significant risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle's occupants.
Victorian American Imports has confirmed there are 34 affected trucks across the Silverado and Sierra model lines, in 2500 and 3500 Heavy duty guises – a VIN list is attached here. These vehicles were sold from 1 December 2006 through 1 August 2008.
Owners of the affected vehicles are urged to contact Victorian American Imports directly by phoning (03) 5176 0600 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a replacement airbag free of charge.
You can also access 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.