Subaru SA issues recall over Takata airbags


Subaru South Africa has issued a recall of 2004-2007 Impreza and WRX models, over possible Takata airbag defects.

In a statement, Subaru Marketing Manager Ashely Lazarus said the fault relates to the front passenger airbags module, which is expected to undergo a safety check or replaced completely.

“Owners are urged to check whether their vehicles are affected via an easy VIN-checker on the Subaru Southern Africa website,” Lazarus said.

“Should their car be affected, owners are requested to fill out a contact form so that their nearest Subaru dealership can contact them to arrange the inspection and replacement”.

The latest recall to affect the beleaguered Japanese components manufacturer comes after it was slapped with a $70-million (R968-million) fine from the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in November last year, for failing to reveal exact details about defective airbag canisters, which were prone to crack and send shrapnel at occupants even if the vehicle was not in an accident.

Last week, Toyota announced it would be recalling an additional 198 000 units of its Corolla, Matrix and Lexus SC430 models, due to concerns overside-passenger airbags.

Since January, over five-million additional recalls had been by Ford, Mazda, General Motors, Honda and Mercedes-Benz, with an estimated 41-million vehicles worldwide, 34-million in the States alone, rumoured to have been fitted with the faulty canisters.

According to reports, a South Carolina man become the tenth casualty of defective airbags in December last year, when an accident with a cow resulted in the canister of his 2006 Ford Ranger exploding, causing shrapnel to pierce his neck.

Honda, and its luxury Acura division, continue to be hardest hit with over 8.5-million vehicles affected, with products from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Mitsubishi, Nissan and its upmarket Infiniti marque, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen also being involved.