Subaru Southern Africa has expanded its Takata recall to more models sold locally between 2004 and 2014.
In 2016, the local arm of the Japanese automaker announced a recall of Impreza and WRX models built between 2004 and 2007, with Takata-supplied airbag inflators at the centre of the global campaign. But this latest action involves a further 2 098 vehicles purchased in South Africa over a wider period.
Subaru SA said in a statement that affected vehicles included the WRX (2004-2011), Impreza (2004-2011), Forester (2009-2012), Legacy (2005-2014), Outback (2005-2014) and Tribeca (2005-2011).
The company said that the recall “relates to the passenger front airbag, and does not affect any other airbags within Subaru vehicles nor those vehicles that were not equipped with a Takata inflator”.
Deon Van Heerden, technical manager at Subaru SA, added that the brand was “urging customers to start the process of getting their vehicles seen to, even though there have been no reports or incidents in South Africa”.
The brand requested that Subaru owners visit the recall page on its website and use the VIN-checker function. Affected customers, the automaker said, would be directed to a form asking for their contact information and their preferred dealership.
“For any questions or queries on the recall, Subaru requests all communication to be emailed to [email protected],” the statement concluded.