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Trevor Collett | Dec 1, 2016

Subaru Australia has this week added another 34,000 cars to its lengthy list of vehicles caught up in the Takata airbag saga.

Like most Japanese carmakers - including Toyota, Honda and Nissan - Subaru has been hit hard by the Takata disaster which has seen millions of vehicles recalled across the globe.

And now the local Subaru branch can add 18,619 Imprezas - including WRXs - to that list, along with 15,944 Foresters.

In this instance, the front passenger airbag is the focus of the recall.

As with other Takata airbag recalls, the issue relates to the airbag inflator unit which can rupture as the airbag inflates when triggered by a collision.

Metal fragments from the inflator unit could potentially move about the cabin with enough force to cause serious injury or even death to one or more of the vehicle’s occupants.

The affected Subaru models in this instance were built during the 2008 and 2009 model-years (2009MY only for Forester), with a total of 34,563 vehicles on the latest recall list.

Subaru says it is not aware of any incidents relating to Takata airbags in any of the above-listed vehicles in Australia.

The carmaker will attempt to contact affected owners shortly to inform them of the recall, before contacting them for a second time once the necessary parts become available.

The first round of recalls should begin this month, with the recall process taking approximately 1.7 hours to complete.

A further 75,000 Subarus joined the Takata airbag list in July of this year, along with more Impreza and WRX models in May 2015.

Owners wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer or phone Subaru Australia on 1300 550 994.

MORE: Takata Airbags - Toyota Adds 179,000 Vehicles To Recall List In Australia
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