Recall wrap: Takata airbag saga continues

Takata airbag woes continue for Toyota, BMW and US pickup importers as Land Rover’s Evoque suffers the winter chills

The ongoing Takata airbag recall has been expanded yet again, this time embroiling Toyota over Corolla sedans and hatchbacks that were on sale locally between 2001 to 2007.

The most recent recalls add 63,865 (62,377 between 2001-2007 and 1,488 between 2003-2005) Corollas to the mounting Takata numbers.

Corollas sold between 2004 and 2007 are  fitted with Takata airbags that are listed as “critical” – which generally applies to alpha-designated bags – means a heightened risk factor that requires owners take “immediate” steps to have them replaced. In other words, a vehicle so listed should be parked and not driven until the airbag system is attended to.

In fact the explicit advice is “the supplier should offer to arrange for your vehicle to be towed to the place of replacement or for a qualified technician to travel to you (or some similar arrangement) so that you do not have to drive your vehicle if you do not wish to do so".

Added to that are no less than 82,756 Takata-affected Toyota Yaris models that were sold nationally between 2006 and 2011, plus 2,013 Toyota Avensis models sold nationally between 2001 and 2003.

Owners of affected Toyotas are advised to contact either the company’s head office or a dealer, or go direct to the website or email to arrange for a free-of-charge replacement airbag inflator.

A list of VIN numbers for affected Toyotas can be found here

BMW is also subject to a “critical” recall of 7,909 cars, including 5 Series (model years 2002-2003), 3 Series (model years 2001-2006) and model year 2005 X5 to address the same issues, affecting both driver and passenger-side Takata airbag inflators.

The VIN list of affected BMW models can be found by visiting the official recall website.

And it doesn’t stop there. An ACCC recall affecting the front passenger-side airbag inflators has also been listed for 34 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC models imported and sold nationally by Victorian American Imports Pty Ltd. on sale between 2007 and 2008.

The company advises owners of affected vehicles to contact it directly on (03) 5176 0600 or email to arrange for a replacement airbag inflator free of charge.

More information on the Takata airbag recalls can be found here, while a comprehensive ACCC list of vehicles affected are here.

The faulty Takata systems are at risk, in the case of older airbags, of suffering an inflator rupture which could cause, if the vehicle is in a collision, an explosion propelling metal fragments out through the airbag cushion towards the vehicle occupants, causing “serious injury or fatality”. This is particularly the case in high-temperature, humid environments.

Meantime, owners of model year 2020 Land Rover Evoques on sale nationally between October 5 2018 and April 4 2019 could also face problems on chilly mornings as 590 affected vehicles are prone to suffering windscreen wiper/washer jets that may become “inoperative” in freezing conditions. The possible outcome is a loss of visibility with the obvious risk of dangerously reduced visibility.

Land Rover will notify owners by letter requesting a visit to a convenient authorised dealer to fit a replacement fuse in the windshield washer jet circuit. To find a convenient Jaguar land Rover dealer, visit the car-maker's website.