Subaru has expanded its Takata airbag recall list in Australia by more than 33,000 vehicles as the ongoing safety disaster shows no signs of slowing.
In this latest round, another 11,234 Impreza and WRXs from the 2008-2011 model-years, another 1817 Liberty and Outback examples from the 2009-2012 model-years and a further 673 Tribeca SUVs from the 2009-2010 model-years are now in the carmaker’s sights.
A parallel recall sees yet more Liberty and Outback models joining the campaign (6759 examples) from the 2009-2014 model-years, along with 432 Liberty Exiga wagons from 2010.
All up, that’s another 33,228 Subarus in need of attention from authorised dealers across Australia with the latest round focusing on the passenger side airbag.
As with other Takata airbag recalls, the safety concern surrounds the airbag’s metal inflator unit.
The unit and its propellant are susceptible to moisture absorption. Should the airbag be required during a collision, the unit may rupture, showering the vehicle occupants with metal fragments which may result in injury or even death.
While deaths overseas have been linked with faulty Takata airbags, no such incidents are believed to have occurred in Australia to date.
Subaru says affected owners in Australia will be notified once the necessary parts become available, with availability scheduled for next month.
Owners should consult their local dealer should they wish to learn more about the latest round of recalls, or phone Subaru Australia on 1300 550 994.
Hundreds of thousands of Subarus, Hondas, Toyotas, Nissans and more have been recalled in Australia, with more than 100 million vehicles recalled around the world. Some have been recalled more than once.
The Takata airbag saga will likely envelop more cars in Australia over the following months and years. Stay tuned to TMR for more.
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