88 convertibles are due to have their potentially-deadly airbags replaced in the first quarter of 2019.
Lexus Australia has initiated its recall for the old-generation SC430 sports car as part of the ongoing Takata campaign ahead of schedule.
Initially slated for July or December 2019, the company’s local division says recall work will commence during the first quarter of 2019, when replacement parts are expected to be available.
Affected vehicles were subject to previous recalls, where affected Takata airbag inflators were replaced with ‘like for like’ unts, which could still be potentially faulty after several years. This time around, the faulty inflators will be replaced with non-Takata components.
As with all cars included in the Takata recall, affected SC430s are fitted with inflators that can degrade due to the combination of heat and humidity.
If affected vehicles are involved in a collision triggering the airbag, the metal inflator housing can rupture under too much pressure, sending metal fragments shooting into the cabin through the cushion.
Ruptured inflators put occupants at significant risk of injury or death.
A total of 88 vehicles are included in this recall – a VIN list is attached here. Build dates are listed as 7 August 2001 through 7 March 2003.
Lexus will get in touch with owners of affected vehicles, and advise them to get in touch with their nearest dealership for a free fix.
The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are more than five million vehicles in Australia, the equivalent of four years of nationwide sales.
Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries. One Australian motorist lost their life to a faulty Takata airbag in July 2017, one month after another Australian driver was seriously injured.
In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020. The ACCC earlier this year added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.
According to the Australian Government, the risk of a defective Takata airbag rupturing may arise between 6 and 25 years after it is installed in a vehicle. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.
Concerned owners can check if their vehicle needs a new inflator at www.IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au.
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