The previous-generation 2007-14 model-year Mitsubishi Triton has been put under "critical recall" as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign, with 57,025 vehicles affected nationally.
'ML' and 'MN' generation utes fitted with the four-spoke steering wheel are included in this notice, with the recall classified as 'critical'.
"Owners of Mitsubishi Triton vehicles are advised they are now under 'critical recall’, and 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. The critical recall category applies to alpha airbags and also includes other airbags specified by Mitsubishi Motors," the company says on the recall notice.
As with other Takata-related recalls, affected vehicles are fitted with inflators that could degrade over time due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity.
If the condition occurs, and the vehicle is involved in a collision, the metal inflator housing could rupture when the airbag is deployed, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.
This poses a serious risk of injury, even fatality, to the vehicle's occupants.
Owners are urged to contact their preferred dealer, or Mitsubishi Australia via its website. Replacement airbags will be arranged free of charge.
For more information, customers can use the company's online VIN look-up tool or call 1800 931 811.
Alternatively, consumers can use their registration plate number to check if their vehicle is affected by going to www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au.
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.