Volkswagen Australia has initiated its recall for older-generation Polo, Eos and Crafter model lines has part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign.
In this latest notice, a total of 7847 vehicles are being recalled for potentially faulty inflators (front driver's side in the Polo and Eos, front driver and passenger side for the Crafter), across various model years.
As with other Takata-related recalls, affected vehicles are fitted with airbags that could degrade over time when exposed to high temperatures and humidity.
If the condition occurs, and the vehicle is involved in a collision that triggers the airbags, the metal inflator housing could rupture, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.
This poses a serious risk of injury, even fatality, to the vehicle's occupants.
Affected model years and sale dates by model line are as follows:
- Volkswagen Polo 'A5'Model Years 2010-2014Supplied between 1 December 2010 and 1 January 2015Front drivers side airbag inflators2760 vehicles nationwide – VIN list here
- Volkswagen EosModel Years 2010-2014Supplied between 1 January 2009 and 1 January 2015Front drivers side inflators1454 vehicles nationwide – VIN list here
- Volkswagen CrafterModel Years 2006-2016Supplied between 30 June 2006 and 1 Jan 2017Driver front airbags2210 vehicles nationwide – VIN list herePassenger front side inflators1423 vehicles nationwide – VIN list here
Owners of the affected models will be contacted by Volkswagen Australia, and advised to get in touch with their preferred dealer to have a replacement airbag installed free of charge.
For more information, you can contact the Volkswagen Recall Campaign Hotline on 1800 504 076.
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.