Recall of vehicles fitted with Takata airbags
Vehicle recalls issued by manufacturers alert owners when safety-related defects are discovered. It can happen at any time in the life cycle of a vehicle. In the case of the Takata airbags, the recall involves inflators that may deploy improperly during an accident, sending metal fragments into the vehicle and possibly its occupants. The risk of mis-deployment increases with the age of the vehicle.
Drivers are urged to check if their vehicles are affected by the recall of Takata airbags. This is a significant safety recall and drivers can check if their make and model of vehicle is affected by visiting www.productsafety.gov.au.
Report—Recall of vehicle in Australia fitted with Takata airbags
Since 2009, vehicle manufacturers in Australia have been recalling vehicles fitted with potentially defective airbag inflators produced by Takata Corporation resulting in the mis-deployment of the airbag.
This is a global recall on an unprecedented scale with reports of up to 100 million affected vehicles worldwide.
On 14 August 2017 the Minister released a comprehensive report from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development outlining the nature of the defect affecting these airbags, the scale of the recall, and the response by both the affected manufacturers and Government.
The number of vehicles subject to recall and rectified over time as of November 2017
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The Minister for Small Business, the Hon. Michael McCormack (the Minister), issued a proposed recall notice for a compulsory recall of certain vehicles with defective Takata airbags installed and inflators salvaged form these vehicles. The compulsory recall was proposed following a safety investigation conducted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
A decision on whether or not to proceed to issue a compulsory recall notice will be made by the Minister once he receives a recommendation from the ACCC. The ACCC’s website will be updated once the decision of the Minister is known.
If you are not sure if your vehicle is affected, as a first step you should go to product safety website of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, www.productsafety.gov.au which provides further information including a list of potentially affected makes and models of vehicle. If you discover that your vehicle is potentially affected, you should contact your local dealer as soon as possible.