Holden is set to recall 330,000 cars to replace Takata airbags that could pose a threat to driver safety in the event of a crash, Drive reported last Thursday.
The brand continued to insist the airbags did not pose a risk to Australian consumers and fought back at previous mandatory recalls for the Takata units. The Holden Commodore is not affected, but a number of other vehicles are, but the brand has never fitted the most dangerous “alpha” inflator units to its cars.
Takata airbags have been linked to 23 deaths and 230 injuries around the world. The Japanese company pleaded guilty to fraud last year and faced a $1 billion fine. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy months later.
“Holden will contact customers directly at an appropriate time if their car is being recalled. We are developing our plan in response to the recall. The recall notice calls for a progressive series of recalls, and our plan will reflect this,” a Holden statement read.
Vehicles affected are as follows:
- 2005-2009 Holden Astra-H
- 2014-2017 Holden Astra J
- 2013-2018 Holden Trax
- 2012-2018 Holden Barina
- 2010-2016 Holden Cruze
- 2015-2017 Holden Cascada