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.

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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.

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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
Chrysler 300(LE/LX) 2005-2012 2016/15516
Chrysler 300C 2005-2010 2015/14742
Dodge RAM 2004-2010 2016/15516
Ferrari 458, California, FF 2008-2011 2016/15430
Ford Mustang 2006-2014 2015/14924
Honda Accord/CRV 2001-2002 2009/10969
Honda Civic 2001 2010/11785
Honda Accord 2001-2002 2011/12633
Honda Civic, CR-V, Jazz 2001-2003 2013/13549
Honda Jazz 2004 2014/14438
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 SC430 2000-2003 2013/13545
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 2002-2003 2013/13570
Mazda 6, RX-8 2002-2004 2014/14172
Mazda 6 2005-2007 2015/14761
Mazda 6 2006-2009 2015/14762
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 Lancer 2003-2008 2015/14936
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
Nissan Tiida 2006-2012 2016/15383
Peformax Silverado, Sierra, Mustang 2007-2008 2015/14789
Subaru Impreza 2004-2007 2015/14715
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.

 

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Erica Loop is a mum, parenting writer and educator with an MS in child development. Along with writing for websites such as PBS Parents, care.com, Scary Mommy, mom.me, Modern Mom, education.com and others, she also is the creator of a kids' activities and art blog.

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