A new faulty airbag saga has come about, and it’s very important to know if your car has been affected.

The “exploding” airbag saga has led to the recall of over 20 million cars across the globe and many South African consumers feel they’re in the dark about whether their cars are actually involved. So what exactly is the problem?

It has become apparent that some airbags made by Takata, a Japanese supplier, can improperly inflate and rupture on impact, potentially firing deadly shrapnel at occupants. Driver and passenger-side airbags are most affected.

Thus far, 10 people worldwide are known to have been killed, with 140 injured. Luckily, no incidents have been reported in SA.

The Automobile Association said in a statement this week that motorists should not panic, but should still take the safety recall very seriously.

With the local recalls stretching as far back as 2013 and the list still expected to grow, it’s impossible to pin-point each and every model fitted with a potentially faulty airbags, however we have compiled a list of the vehicles that we have become aware of so far, in recalls announced between 2013 and now.

While many of these recalls should have run their course, some manufacturers have had trouble getting hold of owners so not all affected cars would have been fixed by now. Make sure that your car is not affected by this!

Below, a listed of known affected cars has been given. We advise that the list be used a general guideline. If you own a car made by the affected manufacturers, please double check by contacting them. They should be able to tell you if your car is affected via the VIN number of your car.

The list includes, but is not limited by:

BMW

3 Series: May 1999 – Aug 2006

 

HONDA

Accord: 2012 – 2014

Brio: 2003 – 2009

Ballade: 2009 – 2011

Civic: 2001 – 2009

CR-V: 2002 – 2007; 2011

Jazz: 2002 – 2012

Insight: 2010 – 2012

 

MAZDA

Mazda6: 2003 – 2007

Mazda RX-8: 2003 – 2007

 

MITSUBISHI

Lancer: 2003 – 2007

 

NISSAN

Almera: 2004 – 2007

Patrol: 2000 – 2004

X-Trail: 2000 – 2004

 

TOYOTA

Corolla: 2002 – 2007

RunX: 2003 – 2007

Yaris: 2005 – 2007

Rav4: 2003 – 2005

Hilux: 2003 – 2005

Fortuner: 2003 – 2005

 

The recall list is also set to grow, with both Honda and Toyota expected to announce in the coming weeks that more model-years are affected, although no specific details have been announced yet as dealers are currently being briefed. Stay tuned.

Usually these recalls will be conducted free of charge and, depending on the manufacturer in question, the work should not take much longer than an hour to compete.

Here is a list of people to contact:

BMW: 0800 600 555

Honda: 031 000 0473

Mazda: 0860 069 700

Nissan: 0800 647 726

Toyota: 080 013 9111

Stay alert and stay safe.