The worldwide recall of millions of Takata airbags has escalated with one of the faulty products injuring its first Australian victim.
A 21-year-old Darwin woman was injured by shrapnel after her Takata airbag deployed. Following a low-speed crash the woman’s airbag went off – spraying her with metal. Her Toyota RAV4 SUV is on the airbag recall list.
- IMPORTANT NOTE: Takata is a auto parts manufacturer used by many car brands. It is imperative to check your car make and model at the bottom of this page. Please do not assume Takata is only Toyota or does not apply to your car.
When you think of airbags you probably imagine a life-saving device. What doesn’t come to mind is a product that can injure or kill you. But, the faulty Takata products can do just that. The airbags have been implicated in 16 deaths across the globe. Along with the fatalities, the supposed safety devices have been the cause of hundreds of injuries.
The recall includes airbags in cars made by 19 different automakers around the world. The current recall list includes cars made between 2002 and 2015. The affected airbags have a problem with their inflators. These can cause rupture and send metal shrapnel flying into the driver or passenger. This is exactly what happened to the Darwin woman.
Not only are the airbags potentially deadly, but Takata actually knew that they had a faulty product. The company, a Japanese car parts manufacturer, was fined $1 billion for hiding evidence that the inflaters could possibly explode with excessive force. Along with the fines, three top execs were charged with fabricating test data. The falsified data masked the problem with the inflators.
The massive recall hasn’t been easy for car dealers to handle. Australian car owners are finding that their local dealers don’t have the necessary replacement parts to fix the airbags. The inability to get an appropriate fix is causing even more problems. Car owners are stuck driving potentially unsafe vehicles.
As of now there are 2.1 million vehicles on the Australian recall list.
Is your car impacted? Check the list below:
|Make & model||Year Range||PRA No.|
|BMW 3 Series E46||1999-2006||2013/13576|
|BMW 5 Series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53||2002-2005||2016/15581|
|BMW 5 series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53||2017/15881|
|Ferrari 458, California, FF||2008-2011||2016/15430|
|Honda Civic, CR-V, Jazz||2001-2003||2013/13549|
|Honda Accord, CR-V, Civic, Jazz||2003-2004||2014/14498|
|Honda Accord Euro, CR-V, Civic, Jazz||2002-2009||2015/14703|
|Honda Jazz, CR-V||2005-2007||2015/14702|
|Honda MDX, Accord||2001-2006||2015/14737|
|Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz||2006-2012||2015/14819|
|Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz||2011-2014||2016/15197|
|Honda Civic, Legend, Jazz||2006-2012||2016/15198|
|Honda Accord Euro, City, CR-V, Jazz, Insight||2007-2011||2016/15496|
|Honda Legend, Odyssey, Accord, MDX||2003-2011||2016/15495|
|Honda Civic, Accord||2006-2011||2016/15494|
|Jeep Wrangler JK||2007-2012||2016/15516|
|Lexus IS 250, IS 250C, 350, IS F||2005-2011||2016/15425|
|Lexus IS 250, IS 350, IS 250C, IS-F, LFA||2011-2012||2017/15846|
|Mazda 2, B Series, BT-50||2006-2011||2016/15522|
|Mazda 2, RX-8||2003-2014||2016/15521|
|Mazda 6, RX-8||2002-2004||2014/14172|
|Mazda 6, RX-8, B2500 ute/cab chassis, B2600 ute/cab chassis, BT-50||2002-2011||2015/14760|
|Mitsubishi GA & GB i-MiEV||2010-2011||2017/15990|
|Mitsubishi ML & MN Triton||2007-2014||2016/15523|
|Mitsubishi Pajero NS, NT, NW, NX||2007-2016||2016/15617|
|Mitsubishi Pajero NS & NT||2006-2009||2017/15991|
|Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol||2001||2010/11761|
|Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol||2017/15940|
|Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol, D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail||2000-2004||2013/13542|
|Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, A33 maxima||2001-2003||2014/14182|
|Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 maxima||2003||2015/14751|
|Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 maxima||2004-2007||2015/14752|
|Nissan D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail, J31 Maxima||2007-2008||2015/14821|
|Nissan D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol||2009-2012||2016/15769|
|Nissan D40 Navara||2008-2014||2016/15228|
|Peformax Silverado, Sierra, Mustang||2007-2008||2015/14789|
|Subaru Impreza, Forester||2008-2009||2016/15766|
|Subaru Tribeca, Liberty, Outback||2004-2009||2016/15507|
|Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso||2000-2004||2013/13544|
|Toyota Echo, Rav 4||2002-2003||2014/14456|
|Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso, Yaris||2003-2007||2015/14701|
|Toyota Corolla, Yaris, Avensis Verso||2006-2011||2016/15709|
|Toyota Corolla, Yaris & Rukus||2010-2012||2017/16010|
|Toyota Avensis Verso, Yaris||2007-2008||2015/14794|
|Toyota Echo, Rav 4||2003-2005||2015/14700|
|Toyota Echo, Rav 4||2002-2003||2017/16014|
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Product Safety Australia website has a further list of the cars (with model and year) that are affected by the recall. If you’re not sure whether your car is part of the recall, contact your manufacturer for more information.