This week Takata finally accepted some responsibility for the potentially lethal airbag inflators, which have been linked with six deaths to date.
The inflators can weaken over time, particularly in moist climates, and shatter as the airbag deploys; showering the vehicle’s occupants with metal fragments.
The focus on driver’s and passenger’s front airbags from the Takata recall is roughly 50 percent each, and this Subaru recall will target the Impreza’s passenger airbags.
It’s expected more cars in Australia fitted with Takata airbags will be recalled in the coming weeks as carmakers identify them as models of interest.
Affected manufacturers will attempt to contact owners shortly, but anyone wishing to learn more, or wondering if their car is an affected model, should contact their local dealer.
The models in question were built in Korea between February 2009 and February 2011, while models built in Australia between June 2010 and December 2011 have also been recalled.
An issue has been identified with the park brake, which can allow the vehicle to move if the brakes are at an elevated temperature and the brake lever is not applied ‘strongly’ enough.
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