Motor vehicle dealers targeted: Takata airbag recall


Released 14/09/2017

Access Canberra has this week written to all motor vehicle dealers in the ACT reminding them to check that any vehicle that may be affected by the Takata airbag recall is not sold without the airbags being replaced.

Faulty Takata airbags have led to fatalities and serious injury in Australia as well as internationally.

There are 60 makes of cars sold in Australia impacted by this recall including models of BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

Access Canberra Director of Community, Business and Transport Regulation, Craig Simmons said Access Canberra had provided warnings to the community about this important recall on a number of occasions as had manufacturers.

These warning are now being extended to motor vehicle dealers, repairers and wreckers.

“This is a significant recall with the faulty airbags leading to catastrophic injury and death globally. Today Access Canberra has written to all motor vehicle dealers providing them with the full list of known affected vehicle makes and models.

“The Australian Consumer Law requires dealers to sell vehicles that are safe and fit for purpose. Dealers need to keep records of what replacement action may have been undertaken in relation to affected vehicles and ensure that they disclose this information to consumers when they purchase a second hand vehicle.

“This is a significant consumer issue and we need the vehicle industry to be proactive and transparent on replacing these airbags as well as disclosing this issue to consumers.”

Access Canberra will also provide similar reminders to vehicle wreckers.

Since 2009, more than 2.3 million vehicles in Australia have been subject to the recall of airbags made by Japanese manufacturer, Takata. It is unclear how many affected vehicles may be in the ACT.

Mr Simmons also reminded Canberrans to check if their vehicle may be affected at: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/news/takata-airbag-recalls-affecting-australian-consumers

Owners of vehicles which may have vehicles with more the more dangerous subset of the airbags – known as ‘alpha airbags’ need to ensure replacement as a matter of urgency.

The higher risk alpha airbags were installed in certain Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW and Lexus cars, with models sold between 1999 and 2006.

“It is critical that owners of cars with alpha airbags installed take immediate steps to have the airbags replaced,” Mr Simmons said.

“These airbags have the greatest risk of misdeployment. I urge the community and industry to act on this significant recall and safety issue.”

Takata alpha airbags

Make & model

Year Range

PRA No.

BMW 3 Series E46  ALPHA

12/2001 - 03/2003

2013/13576

BMW 3 Series E46  ALPHA

09/1999 - 8/2006

2016/15581

Honda Accord/CRV  ALPHA

2001-2002

2009/10969

Honda Civic  ALPHA

2001

2010/11785

Honda Accord  ALPHA

2001-2002

2011/12633

Honda Civic, CR-V, Jazz, MDX  ALPHA

2001-2003

2013/13549

Honda Jazz  ALPHA

2004

2014/14438

Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol, D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail  ALPHA

2000-2004

2013/13542

Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol,
T30 X-Trail, A33 maxima  ALPHA

2001-2003

2014/14182

Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso, Lexus SC430  ALPHA

2000-2004

2013/13544

Toyota Echo, Rav 4  ALPHA

2002-2003

2014/14456

Full list of vehicles affected: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/news/takata-airbag-recalls-affecting-australian-consumers and frequently asked questions at: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/news/faqs-on-takata-airbag-recalls

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