Takata critical (including alpha) airbags require immediate replacement

Consumers need to take immediate steps to have their airbags replaced if their car is under ‘critical’ recall. Takata airbags in the critical category pose a heightened risk of injury or death.

The Recall Notice allows vehicle manufacturers to designate vehicles as critical if there is evidence or information about safety risks which makes recalls of these vehicles urgent. These critical vehicle recalls include those with alpha airbags.

It is strongly recommended that owners of vehicles with critical airbags stop driving their vehicles immediately. The supplier should offer to arrange for your vehicle to be towed to the place of replacement or for a qualified technician to travel to you (or some similar arrangement) so that you do not have to drive your vehicle if you do not wish to do so.

What is a Takata alpha airbag?

Alpha airbags are a type of airbag listed under critical recall. The high risk alpha category airbags were installed in certain Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mazda and Lexus cars, with models sold between 2001 and 2004.

Takata alpha airbags have a manufacturing flaw, as they were not produced according to design standards and do not deploy as intended. These airbags pose a severe risk of misdeployment and have a substantially higher risk of incident rate according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). There is a risk of metal fragments and shrapnel propelling out of the airbag and into vehicle occupants causing serious injuries or deaths.

Critical alpha airbags have been identified as posing a significantly higher safety risk than other defective Takata inflators because they are considered at risk of rupturing. 

All other consumers whose vehicles are on the full recall list are urged to arrange for the replacement of Takata airbags in their vehicles as soon as possible due to the safety risks involved in the use of these vehicles.

Takata critical airbags

Make & model Year Range PRA No.
BMW 3 Series E46  ALPHA CRITICAL 12/2001 - 03/2003 2013/13576
BMW 5 Series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53 CRITICAL 2001-2006 2016/15581
Chrysler 300(LE/LX) CRITICAL 2005-2012 2016/15516
Chrysler 300, 300C CRITICAL 2005-2010 2015/14742
Chrysler 300, 300C CRITICAL 2013 2018/16617
Dodge RAM CRITICAL 2004-2010 2016/15516
SAAB 9-3 and 9-5 (GM Holden Ltd) CRITICAL 2006-2011 2018/16729
Opel Astra, Holden Astra, Opel/Holden Cascada, Opel Zafira CRITICAL 2012-2017 2018/16957
Holden Cruze, Trax, Barina (Nationwide) CRITICAL 2010-2018 2018/16856
Holden Cruze (Nationwide) CRITICAL 2010 2018/16856
Holden Cruze (Nationwide) CRITICAL 2011-2016 2018/16856
Holden Trax, Barina (Nationwide) CRITICAL 2012-2018 2018/16856
Holden AH Astra CRITICAL 2005-2008 2019/17363
Holden AH Astra (NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS, SA) CRITICAL 2009 2019/17363
Holden AH Astra (NT, QLD, WA) CRITICAL 2009 2019/17364
Holden AH Astra Convertible CRITICAL 2005-2009 2019/17363
Holden HSV Astra VXR CRITICAL 2006-2008 2019/17363
Holden HSV Astra VXR (NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS, SA) CRITICAL 2009 2019/17363
Holden HSV Astra VXR (NT, QLD, WA) CRITICAL 2009 2019/17364
Honda Accord, CR-V  ALPHA CRITICAL 2001-2002 2009/10969
Honda Accord  ALPHA CRITICAL 2001-2002 2011/12633
Honda Civic ALPHA CRITICAL 2001 2010/11785
Honda Civic, Accord, Accord Euro, CR-V, Jazz, MDX  ALPHA CRITICAL 2001-2003 2013/13549
Honda Jazz  ALPHA CRITICAL 2004 2014/14438
Honda Jazz, CR-V CRITICAL 2005-2007 2015/14702
Honda MDX, Accord CRITICAL 2001-2007 2015/14737
Honda MDX, Accord CRITICAL 2001-2007 2019/17450
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid CRITICAL 2006-2012 2015/14819
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid CRITICAL 2011-2014 2016/15197
Honda Civic, Legend, Jazz Hybrid CRITICAL 2006-2012 2016/15198
Honda City, CR-V, Jazz and Insight CRITICAL 2004-2013 2019/17661
Honda Accord CRITICAL 2002
Honda Civic CRITICAL 2006-2011 2019/17662
Honda Accord Euro, Civic Hybrid, CR-V, Civic, Jazz CRITICAL 2003-2004 2014/14498
Jeep Wrangler JK CRITICAL 2007-2012 2016/15516
Jeep Wrangler CRITICAL 2013 2018/16617
Lexus SC430 ALPHA CRITICAL 2000-2003 2013/13545
Lexus SC430, UZZ40 CRITICAL 2003-2007 2015/14795
Lexus IS 250, IS 250C, 350, IS F CRITICAL 2005-2011 2016/15425
Lexus IS 250, IS 350, IS 250C, IS-F, LFA CRITICAL 2011-2012 2017/15846
Lexus IS250, IS250C, IS350 & IS-F CRITICAL 2013 2018/16536
Lexus IS250C & Lexus IS-F CRITICAL 2014 2019/17284
Lexus SC430 (UZZ40) CRITICAL 2001-2003 2018/17147
Lexus SC430 (UZZ40) CRITICAL 2001-2010 2019/17787 
Mazda B4000 CRITICAL 2005-2006 2018/16759
Mazda2 (DE) CRITICAL 2010 2016/15522
Mazda2 CRITICAL 2007-2015 2016/15521
Mazda RX-8 CRITICAL 2008-2012 2016/15521
Mazda6, BT-50 CRITICAL 2005-2011 2015/14761
Mazda6, RX-8 ALPHA CRITICAL 2002-2007 2015/14761
Mazda B2500 & B2600 CRITICAL 2002-2011 2015/14760
Mazda6, CX-7 & CX-9 CRITICAL 2006-2012 2017/16232
Mitsubishi ML & MN Triton CRITICAL 2007-2014 2016/15523
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol, D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail  ALPHA CRITICAL 2000-2004 2013/13542
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail  ALPHA CRITICAL 2001-2003 2014/14182
Nissan D22 Navara, J31 Maxima, N16 Pulsar, T30 X-Trail, Y61 Patrol CRITICAL 2001-2008 2018/17163
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 Maxima CRITICAL 2003 2015/14751
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 Maxima CRITICAL 2004-2007 2015/14752
Nissan D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail, J31 Maxima, Y61 Patrol CRITICAL 2007-2008 2015/14821
Nissan D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol CRITICAL 2009-2012 2016/15769
Nissan D22 Navara (Thai Build) CRITICAL 2008-2012 2016/15769
Nissan D40 Navara CRITICAL 2008-2014 2016/15228
Nissan D40 Navara (Thai Build), C11 Tiida CRITICAL 2006-2015 2017/16363
Nissan Tiida CRITICAL 2006-2012 2016/15383
Nissan D22 Navara CRITICAL 2013-2015 2018/17086 
Nissan Y61 Patrol CRITICAL 2013-2016 2018/17086
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso ALPHA CRITICAL 2000-2004 2013/13544
Toyota Echo, Rav 4  ALPHA CRITICAL 2002-2003 2014/14456
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 CRITICAL 2003-2005 2015/14700
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso, Yaris CRITICAL 2003-2007 2015/14701
Toyota Avensis Verso, Yaris CRITICAL 2007-2008 2015/14794
Toyota Corolla, Yaris, Avensis Verso CRITICAL 2006-2011 2016/15709
Toyota Corolla, Yaris & Rukus CRITICAL 2010-2012 2017/16010
Toyota Corolla, Yaris & Rukus CRITICAL 2013 2018/16715
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 CRITICAL 2002-2003 2017/16014
Toyota Corolla ZZE122 CRITICAL 2004-2007 2018/17141
Toyota Corolla ZZE121, ZZE122, ZZE123 CRITICAL 2001-2007 2018/17146
Toyota Corolla ZZE122 CRITICAL 2004-2007 2018/17146
Toyota Avensis ACM20 CRITICAL 2001-2003 2018/17146
Toyota Yaris Sedan & Toyota Rukus CRITICAL 2014-2016 2019/17283
Toyota Corolla, Avensis & Yaris sedan CRITICAL 2001-2011 2019/17788
Toyota Corolla ZZE122 and ZZE123 CRITICAL 2003-2005 2020/18579

Takata airbag recalls - full list

Consumers are strongly urged to check whether their cars are included in the Takata airbag recall by:

  • checking the active or future recalls lists
  • visiting IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au and entering your state/territory and registration plate number or by texting 0487 AIRBAG (247224) and following the prompts
  • contacting your local dealership or the vehicle manufacturer and checking their online recall databases on their websites.

Consumers should also refer to the FAQs on Takata airbag recalls for further information.