Takata critical (including alpha) airbags require immediate replacement

Consumers need to take immediate steps to have their airbags replaced if their car is under ‘critical’ recall. Takata airbags in the critical category pose a heightened risk of injury or death.

The Recall Notice allows vehicle manufacturers to designate vehicles as critical if there is evidence or information about safety risks which makes recalls of these vehicles urgent. These critical vehicle recalls include those with alpha airbags.

It is strongly recommended that owners of vehicles with critical airbags stop driving their vehicles immediately. 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.

What is a Takata alpha airbag?

Alpha airbags are a type of airbag listed under critical recall. 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.

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 a 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.

Critical alpha airbags have been identified as posing a significantly higher safety risk than other defective Takata inflators because they are considered at risk of rupturing. 

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.

Takata critical airbags

Make & model Year Range PRA No.
BMW 3 Series E46  ALPHA CRITICAL 12/2001 - 03/2003 2013/13576
BMW 5 Series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53 CRITICAL 2001-2006 2016/15581
Holden Cruze (Nationwide) CRITICAL 2010 2018/16856
Honda Accord, CR-V  ALPHA CRITICAL 2001-2002 2009/10969
Honda Accord  ALPHA CRITICAL 2001-2002 2011/12633
Honda Civic ALPHA CRITICAL 2001 2010/11785
Honda Civic, Accord, Accord Euro, CR-V, Jazz, MDX  ALPHA CRITICAL 2001-2003 2013/13549
Honda Jazz  ALPHA CRITICAL 2004 2014/14438
Honda Jazz, CR-V CRITICAL 2005-2007 2015/14702
Honda MDX, Accord CRITICAL 2001-2007 2015/14737
Honda MDX, Accord CRITICAL 2001-2007 2019/17450
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid CRITICAL 2006-2012 2015/14819
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid CRITICAL 2011-2014 2016/15197
Honda Civic, Legend, Jazz Hybrid CRITICAL 2006-2012 2016/15198
Honda City, CR-V, Jazz and Insight CRITICAL 2004-2013 2019/17661
Honda Accord CRITICAL 2002
Honda Civic CRITICAL 2006-2011 2019/17662
Honda Accord Euro, Civic Hybrid, CR-V, Civic, Jazz CRITICAL 2003-2004 2014/14498
Lexus SC430 ALPHA CRITICAL 2000-2003 2013/13545
Mazda6, RX-8 ALPHA CRITICAL 2003-2004 2015/14761
Mitsubishi ML & MN Triton CRITICAL 2007-2014 2016/15523
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol, D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail  ALPHA CRITICAL 2000-2004 2013/13542
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail ALPHA CRITICAL 2001-2003 2014/14182
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso ALPHA CRITICAL 2000-2004 2013/13544
Toyota Echo, Rav 4  ALPHA CRITICAL 2002-2003 2014/14456
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 CRITICAL 2003-2005 2015/14700
Toyota Corolla ZZE122 CRITICAL 2004-2007 2018/17146

Takata airbag recalls - full list

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

  • checking the active or future recalls lists
  • visiting IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au and entering your state/territory and registration plate number or by texting 0487 AIRBAG (247224) and following the prompts
  • contacting your local dealership or the vehicle manufacturer and checking their online recall databases on their websites.

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