A COMPULSORY recall has been issued for all vehicles with defective Takata airbags, following an ACCC safety investigation.
The compulsory recall applies to all vehicles that are subject to existing Takata voluntary recalls and approximately 1.3 million additional vehicles that have not been voluntarily recalled.
The compulsory recall was issued because foreseeable use of vehicles with defective airbags may cause injury to drivers or passengers.
The defect means when an airbag is triggered and deploys in a collision, it may deploy with too much explosive force, rupturing the airbag inflator housing so that sharp metal fragments shoot out and hit vehicle occupants, potentially injuring or killing them.
The compulsory recall requires suppliers of vehicles with defective airbags to replace all defective airbags in Australian vehicles by December 31 2020 (or later in some instances if approved by the ACCC).
Some vehicles will be recalled immediately and others on a rolling basis scheduled based on various factors including relative safety risk.
A subset of Takata airbags called ‘alpha’ are considered to pose the highest safety risk of all the recalled airbags.
Around 89,000 alpha airbags have been replaced and there are still around 25,000 yet to be replaced.
Drivers are urged to check whether their vehicle is affected, and if so, whether it is under active or future recall.
If a consumer finds that their vehicle is under active recall, they are urged to contact the supplier to arrange replacement of the affected airbag as soon as possible.
Suppliers will provide instructions to assist consumers.
The list of affected vehicles can be found at productsafety.gov.au/recalls/compulsory-takata-airbag-recall/takata-airbag-recalls-list
As not all vehicles may be recalled straight away, consumers should subscribe to receive updates from productsafety.gov.au/newsletter/subscribe and check the supplier’s recall initiation schedule on the supplier’s website when available (it must be available by no later than 1 July 2018).