Takata alpha airbags require immediate replacement

2 Jul 2018

Consumers need to take immediate steps to have their airbags replaced if their car has a critical Takata airbag, inlcuding ‘alpha’ category airbag installed. Critical airbags pose a heightened safety risk and are a subset of the Takata bags being recalled.

The high risk alpha category airbags were installed in certain Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mazda and Lexus cars, with models sold between 2001 and 2004.

It is critical that owners of cars with alpha airbags installed take immediate steps to have the airbags replaced because of the significant risk of injury or death involved in using cars with these airbags. All other consumers whose vehicles are on the full recall list are urged to arrange for the replacement of Takata airbags in their vehicles as soon as possible due to the safety risks involved in the use of these vehicles.

The ACCC believes that the Takata alpha airbags have a manufacturing flaw, as they were not produced according to design standards and do not deploy as intended. These airbags pose the most severe risk of misdeployment and have a substantially higher risk of incident rate according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). There is a risk of metal fragments and shrapnel propelling out of the airbag and into vehicle occupants causing serious injuries or deaths.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development advises that approximately 50,000 cars are currently on Australian roads that contain alpha airbags. The ACCC believes these pose immediate danger and require urgent replacement. Consumers should call their local dealer to arrange a replacement airbag.

Takata alpha airbags

Make & model Year Range PRA No.
BMW 3 Series E46  ALPHA 12/2001 - 03/2003 2013/13576
Honda Accord, CR-V  ALPHA 2001-2002 2009/10969
Honda Civic  ALPHA 2001 2010/11785
Honda Accord  ALPHA 2001-2002 2011/12633
Honda Civic, Accord, Accord Euro, CR-V, Jazz, MDX  ALPHA 2001-2003 2013/13549
Honda Jazz  ALPHA 2004 2014/14438
Lexus SC430 ALPHA 2000-2003 2013/13545
Mazda6, RX-8, Mazda 6 ALPHA 2003-2004 2015/14761
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol, D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail  ALPHA 2000-2004 2013/13542
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail ALPHA 2001-2003 2014/14182
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso ALPHA 2000-2004 2013/13544
Toyota Echo, Rav 4  ALPHA 2002-2003 2014/14456

Takata airbag recalls - full list

Consumers are strongly urged to check whether their cars are included in the Takata airbag recall by:

Consumers should also refer to the FAQs on Takata airbag recalls for further information.

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