Holden has released a full list of vehicles affected by defective Takata airbags, as the company announced more than 330,000 cars will be recalled.
The airbag recall, which has become the largest in Australia's motoring history, has affected a total of four million vehicles in Australia. The federal government announced on Wednesday 2.3 million vehicles still need to have airbags replaced.
Vehicle suppliers must recall and replace all the airbags in Australia by the end of 2020, with priority given to the most dangerous because of their design, age or the level of humidity.
Holden said none of its cars had ever been equipped with the 'alpha' airbag inflators, which have failed in up to 50 per cent of deployments.
GM vehicles sold in Australia impacted by the recall are:
- Holden Astra-H (MY 2005 - 2009)
- Opel Astra -J (MY2012 - 2013)
- Holden Astra-J (MY2014 - 2017)
- Holden Trax (MY2013 - 2018)
- Holden Barina (MY2012 - 2018)
- Holden Cruze (MY2010 - 2016)
- Holden Cascada (MY2015 - 2017)
- Opel Cascada (MY2014)
- Opel Mokka (MY2014)
- Opel Zafira (MY2013)
- SAAB 9-3 (MY2006 - 2011)
- SAAB 9-5 (MY2006 - 2011)
The company reassured that no other Holden or GM cars have been affected by this recall.
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Contact your manufacturer
While Holden have announced it will make contact with all affected owners, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has advised to get in touch with your manufacturer or dealership as soon as possible to make an appointment to have the airbag replaced.
The ACCC also recommends making sure your supplier has your correct details so you can receive all relevant information regarding the recall.
Will it cost anything?
You will not be charged for the replacement airbag.
If you are charged for the part or are not provided with an alternate mode of transport, contact the ACCC.
The recall does not make your vehicle unroadworthy or unregisterable.
What are you entitled to?
Under a compulsory recall, if you feel like your car is unsafe to drive, you can contact your manufacturer and ask for your vehicle to be towed.
You can request a hire car when you drop your car off at the dealership, and if parts aren't available at the time of your appointment, you are entitled to a loan car until your own vehicle is fixed.
What you should not do
Do not disconnect your airbag. According to the ACCC, if you are involved in an accident, it is far more likely that your airbag will work correctly than misdeploy and cause you harm.
A disconnected airbag will mean your vehicle is unroadworthy.
Do not attempt to replace the airbags yourself. Airbags contain explosive materials and can be dangerous to handle.
Global recall largest in automotive history
The global recall has affected 100 million vehicles worldwide, making it the largest in history.
Four million cars across Australia have been affected:
- 2.7 million were voluntarily recalled at the end of 2017. Of those, 1.7 million had their airbags replaced, leaving one million cars still affected.
- An additional 1.3 million have been captured under the latest compulsary recall, meaning there are still 2.3 million vehicles with defective airbags on the road.