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MORE than half a million cars in Australia are now part of what has become the world’s biggest automotive recall for airbags that can spray shrapnel — and the figure is set to climb.
Concerned motorists have swamped the government’s information website recalls.gov.au crashing it in the early hours of Thursday morning. The website was still down at 9am.
Japanese company Takata, which manufactures 20 per cent of the car industry’s airbags, has finally admitted to a US hearing overnight that the number of faulty airbags is much greater than it originally forecast.
The number of affected vehicles has now climbed to a staggering 53 million worldwide, including 34 million in the US alone.
The car brands that are affected include;
So far, at least 556,000 cars have been recalled in Australia to have their Takata airbags replaced, but that figure is set to rise following the developments in the US which has dramatically expanded the number of affected vehicles.
Toyota, the world’s largest car maker, last week recalled a further 5 million cars globally, including 181,000 in Australia, bringing the number of locally-affected Takata airbag-equipped Toyotas to 207,000.
Honda Australia has also expanded its recall to include 109,000 cars with potentially faulty passenger airbags and 22,000 cars with potentially faulty driver airbags. It brings the total number of Hondas recalled in Australia with Takata airbags to 188,000.
Honda Australia says it has not been advised from Japan if the latest Takata developments will lead to a further increase in the number of vehicles recalled.
Nissan Australia has now recalled a total of 156,000 cars equipped with Takata airbags, and also says it is yet to receive information on further recalls.
Even though it is part of General Motors, Holden says its Australian-delivered vehicles are not affected.
Ford Australia says it is yet to be notified of any recall action following the new, broader scope of the overseas Takata recall campaign.
Mazda Australia says it is yet to receive notification from Japan about the potential for a recall in countries other than the USA.
News Corp Australia was waiting on feedback from BMW and Mercedes-Benz as this article was published, to find out how many — if any — cars are affected locally.
Takata airbags: the recalled models so far
Chrysler 300C sedan 2006 to 2007
Honda Jazz 2004 to 2009
Honda Accord Euro 2004 to 2007
Honda CR-V 2002 to 2008
Honda Civic 2004 to 2005
Nissan N16 Pulsar
Nissan D22 Navara
Nissan Y61 Patrol
Nissan T30 X-TRAIL
Nissan A33 Maxima
Toyota Echo 2003 to 2005
Toyota RAV4 2003 to 2005
Toyota Corolla 2003 to 2007
Toyota Yaris 2005 to 2007
Toyota Avensis 2003 to 2007