Trevor Collett | Jul 12, 2016

Another week, another list of cars struck down by the ongoing Takata airbag saga with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia, Mitsubishi and Mazda adding to their tallies.

For FCA, affected models include the 2005-2012 Chrysler 300, the 2007-2012 Jeep Wrangler and the 2004-2010 Dodge RAM.

A total of 22,435 vehicles are being recalled by FCA in Australia for this latest round, targeting the passenger airbag in each model.

For Mitsubishi, another 57,025 examples of the carmaker’s ML and MN Triton pickup are now on the Takata list, built between the 2007 and 2014 model-years. The driver’s side airbag is the focus of the recall in this instance.

Mazda’s light Mazda2 and RX-8 sports car join the list, along with the B Series and BT-50 pickups, all due to passenger airbag problems.

The carmaker says 6398 examples of the RX-8 are affected, built between 2003 and 2012, while 105,966 Mazda2s are also included, built between 2007-2014.

For the pickups, 513 examples of the 2005 B Series are included while the 2006-2011 BT-50 sees 49,207 on the list.

Mazda says these numbers may vary slightly (downward) due to the age of some of the vehicles.

As with other Takata airbag recalls, the airbag inflator unit is the source of concern on all models listed above for all carmakers, particularly in humid climates.

The inflator unit may fracture as the airbag deploys should the airbags be required during a collision, and metal fragments from the inflator may strike the vehicle occupants resulting in injury or even death.

The trio of carmakers announcing Takata airbag recalls today join the list of 75,000 additional Subarus, 111,000 Hondas, 359 Ferraris, 21,000 Lexus IS examples and 41,000 Nissan Tiidas recalled in Australia for the same issue in recent weeks.

The relevant manufacturers will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer.

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