Owners of some Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki vehicle models, manufactured between 1996 and 1999 and fitted with a Takata NADI 5-AT airbag, are being advised to check the updated recall list of affected Takata vehicles on the Product Safety Australia website.
Recently identified vehicles include the Toyota Starlet 3 and 5 door models, Paseo, Celica and RAV 4 3 and 5 door models. The Suzuki Grand Vitara SQ625 2.5L V6 and Mazda Eunos 800 are also included in this updated list.
You can check the full list of NADI 5-AT Takata affected vehicles by clicking here.
Owners of these affected Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki vehicles should stop driving them immediately and contact their manufacturer to arrange an urgent and free inspection.
As there are many popular models added to this list, members are being advised to check the list and advise their customers of their affected vehicle’s recall status.
Toyota is offering to buy back vehicles or arrange alternative transport options until the buy-back process or airbag replacement is completed.
Mazda and Suzuki are offering to buy back affected vehicles from their owners.
Vehicles fitted with Takata NADI (non-azide driver inflator) type 5-AT airbags, were installed in about 78,000 Australian vehicles across eight manufacturers and the ACCC has reported that a substantial number of these are likely to still be registered and on the road.
The NADI 5-AT airbags are different to the airbags recalled in a large number of newer cars from a broad range of manufacturers under the existing Takata airbag compulsory recall.
Safety authorities have now received reports of four incidents involved in suspected misdeployment of Takata airbags in Australia and given the age of these new vehicles added to the list, drivers are being urged to check immediately.
You can access the full list of Takata affected vehicles under the compulsory recall notice by clicking here.
If you have any questions in relation to your obligations when dealing with a Takata Airbag affected vehicle, click here.
ACCC Acting Chair Stephen Ridgeway said, “These airbags could injure or kill people in the car by misdeploying in an accident and propelling parts or metal fragments into the cabin of the vehicle at high speed.”
“The airbags have also, in some instances, not fully inflated in a crash, thereby failing to protect drivers as expected.”