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More than 2 million Australian cars have been hit by one of the largest compulsory recalls in the country’s history.

An announcement from the government was made earlier today, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saying that the focus was on putting “the safety of Australians first and foremost at all times”.

Approximately 1.7 million vehicles within Australia have already had their defective airbags replaced. The compulsory recall follows an investigation into the airbags by the ACCC in September last year.

“The ACCC’s investigation established that Takata airbag inflators without a desiccant (or drying agent) or with a calcium sulphate desiccant have a design flaw and over time the ammonium nitrate propellant can degrade, leading to potential misdeployment of the airbags and a risk of causing serious injury or death to vehicle occupants,” the report found.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims said those with the Takata Alpha airbags installed are at the most ‘immediate’ risk. The ACCC believes that more than 27,000 of the dangerous Alpha airbags are currently yet to be replaced.

Mr Sims urged consumers to check the list and immediately stop driving their vehicles if they found it on the critical list.

“The problem with the airbag is the drying agent. There’s a problem in the design,” he said.

“When the moisture gets in, the propelling mechanism can alight too quickly and cause fragments of metal to come out from the airbag, which, tragically, has killed one person in Australia.”

Assistant Minister Michael Sukkar said the government believed the voluntary recall was insufficient from a safety perspective.

“I’ve agreed with this recommendation because the previous voluntary recall has not been satisfactory overall, and it’s the safety of all Australians which is the first priority of this government,” he said.

Mr Sukkar said those within the Northern Terrority and far North Queensland were at a greater risk given the warmer climates of those regions. Replacements of the non-critical airbags will be prioritised according to the level of risk, so motorists in those regions would likely see their vehicles fixed quicker than other parts of Australia.

The Takata airbag scandal extends to various models of Toyota, Mazda, Honda, BMW, Chrysler, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and several others. The faulty airbags have already been associated with 20 deaths globally and more than 180 injuries.

“The ammonium nitrate in them essentially dissolves the metal cylinder that encases the airbag and then when the airbag deploys it fires shrapnel at you and your family,” Choice spokesman Tom Godfrey said.

Below are the latest details on which vehicles are affected. Make sure that you are aware of the models at risk within your own fleet along with your driver’s private vehicles. Make sure to share this information with your family and friends to ensure the safety of everyone on the roads.

Vehicles affected by the compulsory recall


Make Year
BMW 3 Series E46 ALPHA 12/2001 – 03/2003
BMW 3 Series E46 9/1999 – 8/2006
BMW 5 Series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53 2002-2005
BMW 5 series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53 2000-2004
BMW E70 X5, E71 X6 2007-2012
BMW E70 X5, E71 X6 2007-2012
BMW E70 X5 & E71 X6 2013
Chrysler 300(LE/LX) 2005-2012
Chrysler 300, 300C 2005-2010
Chrysler 300, 300C 2013
Dodge RAM 2004-2010
Ferrari 458, California, FF 2008-2011
Ford Mustang 2006-2014
Honda Accord, CR-V ALPHA 2001-2002
Honda Civic ALPHA 2001
Honda Accord ALPHA 2001-2002
Honda Civic, Accord, Accord Euro, CR-V, Jazz, MDX ALPHA 2001-2003
Honda Jazz ALPHA 2004
Honda Accord Euro, Civic Hybrid, CR-V, Civic, Jazz 2003-2004
Honda Accord Euro, CR-V, Civic, Jazz, City 2002-2009
Honda Jazz, CR-V 2005-2007
Honda MDX, Accord 2001-2007
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid 2006-2012
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid 2011-2014
Honda Civic, Legend, Jazz Hybrid 2006-2012
Honda Accord Euro, City, CR-V, Jazz, Insight 2007-2011
Honda Legend, Odyssey, Accord, MDX 2003-2011
Honda Civic, Accord 2006-2011
Honda Accord Euro, City, Jazz & Insight 2012
Honda Legend 2012
Honda Accord 2012
Honda Civic 2001
Honda Jazz, Jazz Hybrid, Insight and Accord Euro 2013
Jeep Wrangler JK 2007-2012
Jeep Wrangler 2013
Lexus SC430 2000-2003
Lexus IS 250, IS 250C, 350, IS F 2005-2011
Lexus IS 250, IS 350, IS 250C, IS-F, LFA 2011-2012
Lexus IS250, IS250C, IS350 & IS-F 2013
Mazda2 (DE) 2010
Mazda2 2007-2015
Mazda RX-8 2008-2012
Mazda6, BT-50 2005-2011
Mazda6, RX-8 ALPHA 2002-2007
Mazda B2500 & B2600 2002-2011
Mazda6, CX-7 & CX-9 2006-2012
Mitsubishi GA & GB i-MiEV 2010-2011
Mitsubishi Lancer 2003-2008
Mitsubishi ML & MN Triton 2007-2014
Mitsubishi Pajero NS, NT, NW, NX 2007-2016
Mitsubishi Pajero NS & NT 2006-2009
Mitsubishi Pajero NT & NW 2010-2012
Mitsubishi Pajero NW & NX 2013-2017
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol 2001
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol 2001
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol, D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail ALPHA 2000-2004
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, A33 maxima ALPHA 2001-2003
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 maxima 2003
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 maxima 2004-2007
Nissan D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail, J31 Maxima, Y61 Patrol 2007-2008
Nissan D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol 2009-2012
Nissan D40 Navara 2008-2014
Nissan D40 Navara 2006-2015
Nissan Tiida 2006-2012
Nissan C11 Tiida 2006-2012
Peformax Silverado, Sierra, Mustang 2007-2008
Subaru Impreza 2004-2007
Subaru Tribeca, Liberty, Outback 2004-2013
Subaru Impreza, Forester 2008-2013
Subaru Exiga 2010-2014
Subaru Liberty & Outback 2010-2014
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso, Lexus SC430 ALPHA 2000-2004
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 ALPHA 2002-2003
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 2003-2005
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso, Yaris 2003-2007
Toyota Avensis Verso, Yaris 2007-2008
Toyota Corolla, Yaris, Avensis Verso 2006-2011
Toyota Corolla 2003-2005
Toyota Corolla, Yaris & Rukus 2010-2012
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 2002-2003


Make Year
American Honda Motor GL1800
Honda GL1800 Goldwing 2012-2015
Honda GL1800 Goldwing 2012-2015


Make Year
Volvo UD Trucks Quon & Condor 2011-2016
Volvo FH13, FH16, FM13 & FM11 2012-2017
Hino 300 Series Trucks 2011-2012

(PRA No. is number given to each recall to help consumers reference the right information)