The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in a statement this was due to these airbags being fitted with a NADI 5-AT propellant.
The watchdog said this warning was different to those issued earlier and that safety authorities in Australia had received three reports of incidents possibly caused by these airbags.
The vehicles in question were manufactured by Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Toyota between 1996 and 2000. The ACCC said Audi and BMW had already issued a recall for the affected vehicles and urged the other companies to follow suit.
“We want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday period, and encourage people to consider alternative transport options if possible, rather than using vehicles fitted with these airbags.”
The list of models that are affected is available on the ACCC website.