Hey all,

Nothing to do with motorcycles but the airbag recalls list is out now.  It might be worth looking it up to see if your (or your family member’s) car is listed.

Apparently, when these airbags explode, they spray metal shrapnel like a grande.  A guy in NSW died from one.

Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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I got a letter about my 2010 Subaru Outback. I replied to their website and they are to notify me when my local dealer has a replacement.

The shrapnel comes from the type of plastic the bag is made from. The heat produced by the explosive charge that expands it causes the plastic to toughen and become brittle in an instant and it is fragments of that that is the killer.

Many years ago when I was working in Bathurst gaol there was an inmate who filled a green plastic garbage bag with acetylene, put in the toilet paper fuse, and ignited it. It went off like a bomb and caused the gaol to be shut down, but one memorable aspect of it was all the fragments of green plastic it left. The thin plastic had been so affected by the heat of the explosion that it had shrunk and thickened and fragmented. You know how thin those bags are, but the shrapnel was like ten cent coins in thickness, and unbreakable hardness. I guess the airbags do the same.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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If you ride a Honda Goldwing with an airbag then you are part of the recall...😁😁
St. Kilda  Victoria
IMRG: 20380071
Current Ride: 2020 Dark Horse Challenger 
Previous Ride: 2015 Roadmaster
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That's NOT the full, new list.

The ACCC announced certain models from the following brands - which have Takata airbags made in Germany - are being added to the recall campaign once more information becomes available:








•Land Rover

The list of exact models is yet to be released by the manufacturers.

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HOLDEN has confirmed it will recall approximately 333,000 vehicles in Australia affected by the Takata airbag recall — including popular models such as the Astra and Cruze hatchbacks.

The list of Holden cars stretches from 2005 to today, but does not include every Holden sold locally.

Some of the cars being recalled by Holden are models sold with other General Motors badges, such as Opel and Saab.

The list of affected cars includes:

Holden Astra (MY2005 — 2009)

Opel Astra (MY2012 — 2013)

Holden Astra-J (MY2014 — 2017)

Holden Trax (MY2013 — 2018)

Holden Barina (MY2012 — 2018)

Holden Cruze (MY2010 — 2016)

Holden Cascada (MY2015 — 2017)

Opel Cascada (MY2014)

Opel Mokka (MY2014)

Opel Zafira (MY2013)

SAAB 9-3 (MY2006 — 2011)

SAAB 9-5 (MY2006 — 2011)

A statement from Holden indicated some models will be fixed sooner than others: “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”.

Holden also says none of its cars are equipped with any Takata ‘alpha’ airbag inflators, which have a one-in-two chance of spraying shrapnel in a crash.

“Holden will contact customers directly at an appropriate time if their car is being recalled.”

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VW have announced their models...

Volkswagen has announced a multi-stage recall for 106,804 vehicles, after the Australian Federal Government last week announced a mandatory recall of vehicles fitted with Takata airbags.

The company is at pains to mention none of these vehicles are fitted with the more dangerous ‘alpha’ inflators, and points out no current-generation cars are impacted.

The list of included cars and the number of vehicles included is below:

  • 2009-2013 (Mk6) Golf – 35,817
  • 2012-2015 (Mk6) Golf Cabrio – 2256
  • 2010 (B6) Passat – 2509
  • 2011-2015 (B7) Passat – 17,741
  • 2007-2009 (A4) Polo – 3952
  • 2010-2014 (A5) Polo – 5730
  • 2009-2016 CC – 4461
  • 2010-2014 Eos – 3112
  • 2013-2014 Up! – 2296

Along with passenger cars listed above, the 2006-2017 Crafter (10,685) and 2008-2015 Transporter Multivan (18,245) are being recalled.


Volkswagen will contact owners of affected vehicles when they should visit a dealer for a (free) replacement airbag.

The full campaign needs to be carried out by December 31, 2020, or Volkswagen faces severe penalties.

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