Thursday, July 7, 2016
Subaru Announces Recall for Defective Takata Airbags
The global recall on defective Takata airbag inflators is beginning to rear its ugly head even on Subaru units here in the Philippines. According to a list provided by Motor Image Pilipinas, several units of locally available 2007 WRX and WRX STI were installed with defective Takata airbag inflators.
Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country, has tried reaching out to owners of the affected vehicles. They’ve tried contacting owners of the affected units, but given how some have already sold their vehicles to new owners, they started reaching out through other means including seeking the help of Subaru owners group, Subaru Society.
The largest automotive recall to date, defective Takata airbags can deploy explosively, potentially injuring or killing car occupants. It’s been found that in some cases, the inflators explode with such force that metal shards from the airbag can be sprayed throughout the passenger cabin. The Takata recall has affected makes and models from different brands and is not exclusive to Subaru.
A Motor Image Pilipinas representative says that this may just be the first wave of affected vehicles. Subaru Corporation (Japan) has already released another list of affected vehicles and the Motor Image Pilipinas after sales service team is already checking if any more of its vehicles are affected.
The affected units are listed below (we opted to remove the plate numbers for privacy). If your Subaru vehicle is affected, Motor Image Pilipinas says its best to contact its dealerships directly to facilitate the replacement of the defective airbag.