The recall of Takata airbags: what Australians need to know


FAQs on the largest recall in Australia's automotive history.

Are you affected?


The number of cars recalled due to defective Takata airbags has now hit four million. Affected cars include the Mercedes-Benz C Class, Tesla Model S, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Golf and the Holden Barina, Cruze and Astra. 

Frustratingly for drivers, some recalls and replacements are not available until late 2019, like Subaru's 2009–2012 Forester. 

Check if your car is on the list (current at 28 May 2018):

Audi65x65
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Audi Q5 (8R)* 2009-2012 23-Jul-18
Audi A5 Sportback (8T)* 2009-2012 23-Jul-18
Audi A5 Cabriolet (8F)* 2010-2011 23-Jul-18
Audi A3 (8P)* 2006-2013 23-Jul-18
Audi R8, R8 Spyder (4S)*
2016-2017 10-Sep-18
Audi TT Gen. 3 (FV)*
2015-2017 24-Sep-18
Audi A4 (8E)*
2005-2008 26-Nov-18
Audi A6 (4F)*
2005-2008 26-Nov-18
Audi A4 Cabriolet (8H)*
2006-2013 17-Dec-18

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

BMW65x65
Make and model Year range Recall starts
BMW 3 Series E46 ALPHA
12/2001–03/2003 Current
BMW 3 Series E46
9/1999–8/2006 Current
BMW 5 Series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53 2002-2005 Current
BMW 5 series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53 2000-2004 Current
BMW E70 X5, E71 X6 2007-2012 Current
BMW E70 X5, E71 X6 2007-2012 Current
BMW E70 X5 & E71 X6 2013 Current
BMW 1 Series (E82, E87, E88)*
2004-2015 1-Jul-18
BMW 3 Series (E90, E91, E92, E93)*
2005-2014 1-Jul-18
BMW X1 (E84)*
2009-2016 1-Jul-18
BMW X3 (E83)*
2006-2010 1-Jul-18
BMW 1 Series (F20, F21)*
11/2013-2017 1-Dec-18
BMW 2 Series (F22, F23, F45, F46)*
2013-2017 1-Dec-18
BMW 3 Series (F30, F31, F34)*
2011-2017 1-Dec-18
BMW 4 Series (F32, F33, F36)*
2013-2017 1-Dec-18
BMW 5 Series (F07, F10, F11)*
7/2013-2017 1-Dec-18
BMW 6 Series (F06, F12, F13)*
7/2013-2017 1-Dec-18
BMW X3, X4 (F25, F26)*
12/2015-2017 1-Dec-18
BMW X5, X6 (F15, F16)*
2013-2017 1-Dec-18
BMW M2, M3, M4 (F80, F82, F83, F87)*
2014-2017 1-Dec-18
BMW M5 (F10)*
7/2013-2017 1-Dec-18
BMW M6 (F06, F12, F13)*
2010-2017 1-Dec-18
BMW X5 M, X6 M (F85, F86)*
2014-2017 1-Dec-18
BMW 3 Series (E46)*
12/2001-3/2003 15-Jan-19
BMW 3 Series (E46)*
5/1998-8/2006 15-Jan-19

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Citroen65x65
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Citroen DS3 (DS3 Series)* 2009-2012 1-Jul-18
Citroen DS4 (DS4 Series)* 2011-2012 1-Jul-18
Citroen DS5 (B81) (DS5 Series)* 2011-2012 1-Jul-18
Citroen C3 V3 (A51) (C3 A5 Series)* 2009-2012 1-Aug-18
Citroen C4 V2 (C4 B7 Series)* 2010-2012 1-Aug-18
Citroen C3 V3 (A51) (C3 A5 Series)* 2013-2014 1-Oct-18
Citroen C4 V2 (C4 B7 Series)* 2013-2015 1-Oct-18
Citroen DS3 (DS3 Series)* 2013-2016 1-Oct-18
Citroen DS4 (DS4 Series)* 2013-2015 1-Oct-18
Citroen DS5 (B81) (DS5 Series)* 2013-2015 1-Oct-18

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Dodge65x65
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Dodge RAM 2004-2010 Current
Ferari
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Ferrari 458, California, FF 2008-2011 Current
Ferrari California; 458 Italia; 458 Spider; F12 Berlinetta; FF* 2013 31-Aug-18
Ferrari California; California T; 458 Italia; 458 Spider; 458 Speciale; 458 Speciale A; 488 GTB; F12 Berlinetta; FF* 2014-2015 1-Nov-18
Ferrari: California; California T; 458 Italia; 458 Spider; 458 Speciale; 458 Speciale A; 488 GTB; F12 Berlinetta; F12 tdf; FF* 2016 28-Apr-19
Ferrari: 488 GTB; 488 Spider; California T; F12 Berlinetta; F12 tdf; GTC4 lusso* 2017-2018 1-May-19

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

FiatChrysler65x65
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Chrysler 300 LX 2014-2015 Current
Chrysler 300(LE/LX) 2005-2012 Current
Chrysler 300, 300C 2005-2010 Current
Chrysler 300, 300C 2013 Current
Chrysler 300 (LX)* 2013 31-May-18
Chrysler 300 (LX)* 2014-2015 31-Jul-18
Jeep Wrangler* 2014-2016 31-Jul-18
Jeep Wrangler JK 2007-2012 Current
Jeep Wrangler JK 2014-2016 Current
Jeep Wrangler 2013 Current

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Ford
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Ford Mustang 2006-2014 Current
Ford Courier 2/2004 - 9/2006 Current
Ford Econovan 2/2004 - 10/2005 Current
Ford Ranger 9/2006 - 8/2011 Current
Ford Mondeo* 2007-2009 8-Oct-18
Ford Mondeo* 2014-2017 8-Oct-18

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Holden
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Holden Cruze* 2010-2013 16-Jul-18
Holden Trax* 2013 16-Jul-18
Holden Barina* 2012-2013 16-Jul-18
Holden Astra* 2014-2017 23-Jul-18
Holden Cascada* 2015-2017 23-Jul-18
Opel Astra* 2012-2013 23-Jul-18
Opel Zafira* 2013 23-Jul-18
Opel Cascada* 2014 23-Jul-18
Holden Trax* 2013 14-Sep-18
Holden Cruze* 2010-2013 14-Sep-18
Holden Barina* 2012-2013 14-Sep-18
Holden Cruze* 2010-2013 14-Dec-18
Holden Trax* 2013 14-Dec-18
Holden Barina* 2012-2013 14-Dec-18
Holden Astra* 2005-2009 15-Apr-19
Holden Astra* 2005-2009 15-Jun-19
Holden Astra* 2005-2009 15-Jul-19
Holden Cruze* 2014-2018 16-Sep-19
Holden Trax* 2014-2018 16-Sep-19
Holden Barina* 2014-2018 16-Sep-19

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Honda
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Honda Accord, CR-V ALPHA 2001-2002 Current
Honda Civic ALPHA 2001 Current
Honda Accord ALPHA 2001-2002 Current
Honda Civic, Accord, Accord Euro, CR-V, Jazz, MDX ALPHA 2001-2003 Current
Honda Jazz ALPHA 2004 Current
Honda Accord Euro, Civic Hybrid, CR-V, Civic, Jazz 2003-2004 Current
Honda Accord Euro, CR-V, Civic, Jazz, City 2002-2009 Current
Honda Jazz, CR-V 2005-2007 Current
Honda MDX, Accord 2001-2007 Current
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid 2006-2012 Current
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid 2011-2014 Current
Honda Civic, Legend, Jazz Hybrid 2006-2012 Current
Honda Accord Euro, City, CR-V, Jazz, Insight 2007-2011 Current
Honda Legend, Odyssey, Accord, MDX 2003-2011 Current
Honda Civic, Accord 2006-2011 Current
Honda Accord Euro, City, Jazz & Insight 2012 Current
Honda Legend 2012 Current
Honda Accord 2012 Current
Honda Civic 2001 Current
Honda Jazz, Jazz Hybrid, Insight and Accord Euro 2013 Current
Honda: Accord Euro; Jazz* 2014-2015 Jan-19
Honda GL1800 Goldwing (motorbike) 2008-2010 Current
Honda GL1800 Goldwing (motorbike) 2012 Current
Honda GL1800 Goldwing (motorbike) 2013-2015 Current

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Jaguar Land Rover
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Jaguar XF (250)* 2009­-2015 1-Jul-18
Range Rover (L322)* 2007­-2012 1-Jul-18
Jaguar XF* 2016 1-Oct-18
Jaguar XE* 2016 1-Oct-18
Land Rover Discovery Sport* 2015–2016 1-Oct-18
Jaguar XF* 2017 1-Jan-19
Jaguar XE* 2017 1-Jan-19
Jaguar F Pace* 2017 1-Jan-19
Land Rover Discovery Sport* 2017 1-Jan-19

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Lexus
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Lexus SC430 2000-2003 Current
Lexus IS 250, IS 250C, 350, IS F 2005-2011 Current
Lexus IS 250, IS 350, IS 250C, IS-F, LFA 2011-2012 Current
Lexus IS250, IS250C, IS350 & IS-F 2013 Current
Lexus IS-F* 2014 31-Jan-19
Lexus IS250-C* 2014 31-Jan-19
Lexus SC430 FN48Y (3)* 2001-2006 2-Sep-19
Lexus SC430 FN45Y (3)* 2006-2010 2-Sep-19
Lexus SC430 FN48Y (3)* 2001-2006 31-Dec-19
Lexus SC430 FN45Y (3)* 2006-2010 31-Dec-19

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Mazda
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Mazda B4000 2005-2006 Current
Mazda2 (DE) 2010 Current
Mazda2 2007-2015 Current
Mazda RX-8 2008-2012 Current
Mazda6, BT-50 2005-2011 Current
Mazda6, RX-8 ALPHA 2002-2007 Current
Mazda B2500 & B2600 2002-2011 Current
Mazda6, CX-7 & CX-9 2006-2012 Current
Mclaren65x65
Make and model Year range Recall starts
McLaren P11 Coupe; P11 Spider; P11 Coupe-S; P11 Spider-S; P13 Coupe-C; P13 Coupe-S; P11 Spider-R; P11 Coupe-R, P13 GT; P13 Spider-S* 2012-2018 1-Jul-18
McLaren P11 Coupe; P11 Spider; P11 Coupe-S; P11 Spider-S; P13 Coupe-C; P13 Coupe-S; P11 Coupe-R; P11 Spider-R; P13 GT; P13 Spider-S* 2012-2018 1-Oct-18
McLaren P11 Coupe; P11 Spider; P11 Coupe-S; P11 Spider-S; P13 Coupe-S; P11 Coupe-R; P11 Spider-R; P13 Coupe-C; P13 GT; P13 Spider-S* 2012-2018 1-Jan-19

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

MercedesBenz65x65
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Mercedes-Benz GL class, ML class, SLK class 2006-2012 Current
Mercedes-Benz R Class (251)* 2009­-2013 May-18
Mercedes-Benz C Class (204)* 2008­-2009 Jun-18
Mercedes-Benz: C Class (204); E Class Cabrio (207); E Class Coupe (207); E Class (212)* 2010-2011 Jul-18
Mercedes-Benz: C Class (204); E Class Cabrio (207); E Class Coupe (207)* 2012 Aug-18
Mercedes-Benz: C Class (204); E Class Cabrio (207); E Class Coupe (207)* 2013 Sep-18
Mercedes-Benz C Class (204)* 2014­-2015 Oct-18
Mercedes-Benz: E Class Cabrio (207); E Class Coupe(207)* 2014­-2017 Oct-18
Mercedes-Benz A Class (169)* 2005­-2010 Dec-18
Mercedes-Benz: SLS Coupe (197); SLS Roadster (197)* 2011­-2014 Dec-18
Mercedes-Benz: Viano; Vito Crew Cab with Seats; Valente (Domestic)* 2006-2014 31-Jul-18
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Camper Van (Domestic)* 2006-2017 31-Oct-18
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Camper Van (Domestic)* 2006-2009 31-Oct-18

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Mitsubishi
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Mitsubishi GA & GB i-MiEV 2010-2011 Current
Mitsubishi Lancer 2003-2008 Current
Mitsubishi Lancer 2003-2008 Current
Mitsubishi ML & MN Triton 2007-2014 Current
Mitsubishi Pajero NS, NT, NW, NX 2007-2016 Current
Mitsubishi Pajero NS & NT 2006-2009 Current
Mitsubishi Pajero NT & NW 2010-2012 Current
Mitsubishi Pajero NW & NX 2013-2017 Current
Nissan
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol 2001 Current
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol 2001 Current
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol, D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail ALPHA 2000-2004 Current
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail ALPHA 2001-2003 Current
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 Maxima 2003 Current
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 Maxima 2004-2007 Current
Nissan D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail, J31 Maxima, Y61 Patrol 2007-2008 Current
Nissan D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol 2009-2012 Current
Nissan D40 Navara 2008-2014 Current
Nissan D40 Navara 2006-2015 Current
Nissan Tiida 2006-2012 Current
Nissan C11 Tiida 2006-2012 Current
Nissan D40 Navara (Thai build)* 2008-2014 31-May-18
Nissan C11 Tiida* 2006-2012 30-Sep-18
Nissan: D22 Navara; Y61 Patrol* 2013-2016 31-Oct-18
Nissan C11 Tiida* 2006-2012 31-Dec-18
Nissan: D40 Navara (Thai build)* 2015 31-Jan-19
Nissan D40 Navara (Thai build)* 2015 31-Jan-19
Nissan: D22 Navara; J31 Maxima; N16 Pulsar; T30 X-Trail; Y61 Patrol* 2000-2008 31-Mar-19

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Performax65x65
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Silverado, Sierra, Mustang 2007-2008 Current
Saab
Make and model Year range Recall starts
SAAB 9-3 and 9-5 (GM Holden Ltd) 2006-2011 Current
Skoda
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Skoda Yeti, Octavia, Kodiaq, Superb, Rapid, Fabia* 2013–2018 1-Aug-18
Skoda Yeti, Octavia, Kodiaq, Superb, Rapid, Fabia* 2013–2018 May–June 2019 (specific dates to be confirmed closer to recall initiation)

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Subaru
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Subaru Impreza 2004-2007 Current
Subaru Tribeca, Liberty, Outback 2004-2013 Current
Subaru Forester, Impreza (including WRX and WRX STI) 2008-2014 Current
Subaru Exiga 2010-2014 Current
Subaru Liberty & Outback 2010-2014 Current
Subaru Liberty* 2014 31-Mar-19
Subaru Outback* 2014 31-Mar-19
Subaru Exiga* 2014-2015 31-Mar-19
Subaru Impreza* 2004-2007 31-Dec-19
Subaru Forester* 2009-2012 31-Dec-19
Subaru Impreza* 2008-2013 31-Dec-19
Subaru Liberty* 2010-2014 31-Dec-19
Subaru Outback* 2010-2014 31-Dec-19

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Tesla
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Tesla Model S* 2014-2016 1-Jan-19

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Toyota
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso - ALPHA 2000-2004 Current
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 - ALPHA 2002-2003 Current
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 2003-2005 Current
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso, Yaris 2003-2007 Current
Toyota Avensis Verso, Yaris 2007-2008 Current
Toyota Corolla, Yaris, Avensis Verso 2006-2011 Current
Toyota Corolla, Yaris & Rukus 2010-2012 Current
Toyota Corolla, Yaris & Rukus 2013 Current
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 2002-2003 Current
Toyota Yaris sedan* 2014-2016 1-Apr-19
Toyota Rukus* 2014-2015 1-Apr-19
Toyota Corolla ZZE122, ZZE123 (2)* 2001-2007 2-Sep-19
Toyota Avensis ACM20 (3)* 2001-2003 2-Sep-19
Toyota Yaris sedan NCP93 (2)* 2005-2008 2-Sep-19
Toyota Corolla ZZE122, ZZE123 (2)* 2001-2007 31-Dec-19
Toyota Avensis ACM20 (3)* 2001-2003 31-Dec-19
Toyota Yaris sedan NCP93 (2)* 2005-2008 31-Dec-19

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Volks65x65
Make and model Year range Recall starts
Volkswagen (VW): Polo A04; Transporter/Multivan* 2007-2015 1-Aug-18
Volkswagen (VW): Polo A04; Transporter/Multivan*
2007-2015 1-Sep-18
Volkswagen (VW): CC; B6 Passat; Golf; Polo A05*
2009-2012 1-Nov-18
Volkswagen (VW): CC; B6 Passat; Golf; Polo A05* 2013-2016 1-Apr-19
Volkswagen (VW): Up!; CC; B6 Passat; B7 Passat; T5 Transporter/Multivan* 2008-2016 1-Feb-19
Volkswagen (VW): Up!; CC; B6 Passat; B7 Passat; T5 Transporter/Multivan* 2008-2016 May–June 2019 (specific dates to be confirmed closer to recall initiation)
Volkswagen (VW) CC; B6 Passat; Golf; Eos; Crafter* 2006-2016 1-Apr-19
Volkswagen (VW) CC; B6 Passat; Golf; Eos; Crafter* 2006-2016 July–September 2019 (specific dates to be confirmed closer to recall initiation)

*Accurate as of 28 May 2018

Source: ACCC Takata airbag recalls list and ACCC future Takata airbag recalls.

Also in this article:

Why are Takata airbags being recalled?

Takata, a Japanese safety-parts manufacturer, has had its defective airbags installed in more than a hundred million cars worldwide. These airbags use ammonium nitrate to inflate, but the chemical compound degrades when it's exposed to moisture. In a defective Takata airbag deployment, the ammonium nitrate burns aggressively, shattering its metal canister and shooting shards of metal at the people seated in the car.

Have these airbags led to injuries or fatalities?

There have been 23 documented deaths globally and 207 injuries in the US alone linked to Takata airbags. The serious injuries so far include the loss of eyesight, facial injuries, lacerations to the face, neck and body, severed vocal cords, spinal damage and head injuries that include brain damage.

Australia is one of three countries where Takata airbags are known to have misfired, along with the United States and Malaysia. A 21-year-old woman was hospitalised in a serious condition for months in April of 2017, and in the following July, a 58-year-old man was tragically killed.

But the tally of victims is likely to be under-reported because first responders and investigators might not trace the injuries and fatalities back to the airbag in a serious crash.

Get the full story. Read more about our in-depth and ongoing investigation into Takata airbags.

How did this happen?

A US Department of Justice ruling in January 2017 said Takata "repeatedly and systematically falsified critical test data related to the safety of its products". This fudging of paperwork meant the airbags – which don't meet the standards set by manufacturers – were fitted in cars that were sold worldwide for more than a decade.

How will I hear if my car is recalled?

From 1 July 2018 all manufacturers are required to have accurate, up-to-date information available on their own websites detailing which cars are affected and their recall status, including VIN lookup information.

Owners of affected cars, however, should contact the manufacturer as soon as possible.

Manufacturers have been contacting affected owners mostly by mail. Many of the manufacturers we spoke to say it's hardest tracking down older cars – which are also the cars that are most vulnerable. This is because they change owners when sold or end up in wrecking yards. If the car you own was purchased second-hand, check if it's recalled by visiting the Product Safety Australia website or by directly contacting the manufacturer.

It's best to be proactive, rather than wait for snail mail. Make the call and contact your manufacturer, and if you're getting a replacement, be sure to ask if it's another Takata airbag that'll need to be recalled again in the future.

Is the recall free or will it cost me?

The recall is free as the cost is covered by the manufacturer.

How many cars are affected?

Four million cars are now on the Takata airbags recall lists, making it the largest vehicle-related recall in Australian history. Out of these, 1.9 million cars have had their airbags replaced.

There's also a further estimated 25,000 cars still driving on the road with Takata 'alpha' inflators. These are early versions of the airbags that sustained defects when they were being manufactured, resulting in them misfiring in up to 50% of cases.

Can my car have a Takata airbag and not be recalled?

The recall has been made compulsory by the federal government, but prioritises the oldest and most vulnerable airbags, so cars younger than six-years-old may not be repaired until December 2020, which is when the recall is scheduled to be completed.

How often do the airbags rupture?

Tests were conducted by US safety body, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in September of 2016. Out of 245,000 airbags tested, 660 deployed defectively. This works out to one airbag failure for every 400 deployments.

The frequency of a defective deployment depends on a number of factors. Investigations concluded that the ammonium nitrate propellant deteriorates as it ages, and that this process happens quicker in climates that are hotter and more humid (characteristics not uncommon in many parts of Australia). Takata claims it can take 12.5 years for the airbags to turn dangerous, while the NHTSA estimates it takes six years in the worst of scenarios.

This differs for alpha model airbags, which can rupture in up to 50% of deployments.

What are alpha model inflators (airbags)? Should I stop driving my car if it has them fitted?

Alpha inflators are first-generation versions of Takata airbags that sustained a range of defects at the time they were manufactured. They are among the oldest, are most susceptible to degradation and have a significantly higher rate of rupturing upon deployment.

These airbags can rupture in up to 50% of deployments, compared to the 0.27% of ruptures that happen to the airbags manufactured to specification. 

An estimated 155,000 of these airbags have been recalled since 2009, but there are still an estimated 25,000 cars driving with these airbags as of May 2018, in more than two dozen models offered by Honda, Toyota, Lexus, BMW, Mazda and Nissan.

These airbags were responsible for eight out of ten Takata related deaths in the US as of June 2017. See the CHOICE report on alpha airbags, the faults they sustained and the risks they pose.

Should I ask to have my Takata airbag disabled?

No. Airbags are a vital piece of safety equipment. The NHTSA estimates they saved 2400 lives in 2014 alone. For every 400 Takata airbag deployments, one ruptures. This means the airbag functions as designed in the other 399 cases.

However, these statistics relate to all Takata airbags excluding early model alpha inflators. Alpha inflators rupture in one of two airbag deployments, and if you drive one of the remaining 25,000 vehicles they are still installed in, it is advised you do not drive it at all and contact the manufacturer immediately to arrange a repair.

How long will I have to wait for a replacement airbag?

According to the ACCC, the replacements are delayed by a combination of factors including the availability of bags and having enough qualified repairers to refit them, as well as the enormous number of cars involved. The ones that represent the highest risk are being prioritised.

Nonetheless, car manufacturers have to follow a timetable or face possible fines of $1.1 million.

Alpha airbags remain the top priority. Carmakers have to replace them within five days of receiving a replacement airbag.

Airbags that are older than six years follow. The deadline to fix these airbags is not as clear, though carmakers will have to make sure they complete a percentage of them or face possible fines. 

Cars that are younger than six-years-old rank lower in priority. They will have to be repaired by December 2020, which is when Takata will wind down production for replacement airbags. 

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Could my airbag be replaced with a new version of the recalled airbag?

Defective Takata airbags have been replaced with identical defective Takata airbags in some cases. This is being used as a temporary fix, swapping older airbags that have likely degraded with fresh iterations, in a move that lowers the risk of a defective deployment. These airbags too will have to be recalled again.

Car manufacturers – including Toyota, Lexus, Subaru, Mazda, BMW and Honda – have confirmed they made like-for-like replacements in a fraction of cars. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirms airbags in Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep cars are being replaced with iterations from a different manufacturer. 

But most other car companies chose not to share this information with the public when we asked.

Will I get a refund or loan car under the compulsory recall?

Loan cars, taxi fares and even tows have been included under the compulsory recall, though it depends on particular circumstances.

You are entitled to a loan car or taxi fare if a dealership takes longer than 24-hours to replace a defective airbag. 

Meanwhile, the people who have a car fitted with an alpha airbag have the right to request their car be towed to the dealer. Alternatively, a dealer can instead send out a technician to replace the airbag on site.

When is the recall likely to be complete?

Takata says the recall will be complete by December 2020, but it is possible the recall could be extended.

More information

Read our full investigation into Takata

Update, 28 May, 2018: These FAQs were updated to reflect the new car models added to the ACCC's recall list and the planned dates of future recalls.

Update, 19 March: These FAQs were updated to reflect the increasing number of fatalities and injuries. We also added information on the additional rights consumers are entitled now that the recall has been made mandatory.


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