Lexus Australia has expanded its Takata airbag recall for the SC430 sports car, now extending all the way to MY2010 versions.
As per the original recall issued in November last year, affected vehicles were fitted with 'like for like' Takata airbag inflators as part of previous recalls. These could still be potentially faulty after several years.
For this recall, the affected Lexus SC430 models will have their faulty airbags replaced with non-Takata components.
With today's expansion, the recall now includes 566 units ranging from the 2001 to 2010 model years – a VIN list is attached here.
For reference, the original recall included 88 units built between August 2001 and March 2003.
Customers who are unsure if their vehicle is affected can use the Lexus online VIN look-up tool, or contact 1800 023 009. 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.