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
BMW 3 Series E46 ALPHA
12/2001 - 03/2003
BMW 3 Series E46 ALPHA
09/1999 - 8/2006
Honda Accord/CRV ALPHA
Honda Civic ALPHA
Honda Accord ALPHA
Honda Civic, CR-V, Jazz, MDX ALPHA
Honda Jazz ALPHA
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol, D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail ALPHA
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol,
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso, Lexus SC430 ALPHA
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 ALPHA
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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