Four carmakers have issued recall notices to date in 2014 for the Australian market, affecting various cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles.
The tensioning cable may be unleashed while driving - potentially causing injury to an occupant of the vehicle - or the cable may break during pre-tensioner deployment following a collision, reducing its ability to restrain a passenger.
Affected vehicles were built between August 2011 and February 2012, with VINs ranging from KMHJT81BLCU373966 to KMHJU81VSCU485865.
Holden has announced a recall of its light Barina Spark, affecting just 144 vehicles - all with manual transmission. The affected VIN range is KL8CJ6AD6DC613512 to KL1MF4819DC638097 with all units built between May and June, 2013.
Over time, the transmission mount supporting the five-speed manual gearbox can potentially develop a fracture, causing the transmission to become unsupported resulting in a loss of vehicle control in severe circumstances.
Isuzu has recalled around 3700 of its F- and N-Series trucks due to a potential transmission control module fault, which may allow the vehicle to lurch forward or backwards if the driver attempts to start the vehicle while in-gear.
When an indicator is activated and flashing, the DRL on the opposite side of the vehicle may briefly cease to operate.
Customers with affected vehicles should receive a letter from their respective manufacturer soon, but owners who wish to learn more, or who suspect their vehicle may be affected, should contact their local dealer.