More vehicles affected by airbag recall

Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki have announced they would buy back vehicles fitted with potentially deadly Takata NADI 5-AT airbags.

The car companies issued the voluntary recall on Friday for more than 18,000 vehicles manufactured between 1996 and 1999, including the popular Toyota Starlets. It followed voluntary recalls of nearly 17,000 vehicles by Audi, BMW and Ford since November 2019.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said vehicle owners should take the recall seriously after the Takata NADI 5-AT airbags were suspected in two recent incidents in Australia, resulting in a death and a serious injury.

“You risk the airbag mis-deploying or ejecting sharp metal fragments that can result in someone being seriously injured or worse,” Mr Spalding said.

“These airbags are an accident waiting to happen and drivers can’t afford to ignore the danger.”

Mr Spalding urged owners of an affected vehicle to stop driving it immediately and contact the manufacturer to arrange an urgent, free inspection.

Suzuki and Mazda have said they’ll buy back these vehicles, while Toyota will either buy back vehicles or provide long-term alternative vehicle hire until replacement airbags are available,” he said. 

“Manufacturers are also offering urgent short term assistance for consumers who are experiencing significant hardship over the holiday period as a result of this safety issue. 

“Mitsubishi and Honda are also expected to announce recalls soon. So, if you have concerns, please contact your vehicle manufacturer.”

Affected models include:

Audi:
A6 4B/C5 MY 1998-2000
A8 4D/D2 MY 1998-2000
A4 8D/B5 MY 1997-2000
TT8N/1 MY 1999-2000
CABRIOLET 8G/B4 MY 1998-1999

BMW:
E46 3 SERIES MY 1997-2000

FORD:
COURIER MY 1998-2000

HONDA:
LEGEND MY 1996-2000
CR-V MY 1997-2000
ACCORD MY 1997-1999

MAZDA:
EUNOS 800 MY 1996-1999

MITSUBUSHI:
NL PAJERO MY 1997-2000
CE LANCER MY 1997-2000
WA EXPRESS MY 1997-2000
CE MIRAGE MY 1997-2000
WA STARWAGON MY 1997-2000

SUZUKI:
GRAND VITARA MY 1998-2000

TOYOTA:
STARLET 3 DOOR MY 1997-1999
STARLET 5 DOOR MY 1997-1999
PASEO MY 1997-1999
CELICA MY 1997-1999
RAV4 3 DOOR MY 1997-1999
RAV4 5 DOOR MY 1997-1999.