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Important update on Takata Airbag recall

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Updated 26 Aug 2020

Scott Kemp

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Click here to check if your car is affected by the Takata recall

In February 2018 the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) issued a recall on certain Takata airbags citing that a certain design feature may cause the airbag to deploy with explosive force and send sharp metal fragments into the cabin.

How many vehicles have been affected?

It is estimated that three million vehicles have been affected in Australia by the fault.

Since then an average of over 3100 faulty airbags each day across Australia have been replaced with around 180,000 airbags in more than 155,000 vehicles still to be replaced.

When does it need to be done?

Industry experts are pleading with motorists to check before they drive their car next.

Of the 155,000 vehicles, there are still around 6000 that contain airbags that are listed as critical and should be taken off the road immediately.

The ACCC has also given a deadline of 31st December 2020 to all manufacturers to have the remainder of the vehicles completed or they may face penalties.

Some states and territory governments have also amended regulations and may refuse to register a vehicle, or may cancel a vehicle's registration if the vehicle or any part of the vehicle is subject to a compulsory recall notice.

What do I need to do?

It is extremely quick and easy to find out if your car is affected you can either text TAKATA to 0487 AIRBAG (247224) or visit the website https://www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au/ and enter your registration and state and you will be notified immediately.

If your car is affected you can contact the manufacturer and the repair is done at no charge to you.

Even in stage 4 lockdowns in Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services have granted an exception to dealerships and service centres to stay open for on-site work provided they are conducting critical vehicle repairs, which includes Takata airbag replacement.  

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Written By

Scott Kemp

With over 15 years in the industry, Scott has worked in a variety of different roles with a variety of different manufacturers.

His journey started at 16 when he began his apprenticeship at a small workshop, from there he moved on to dealerships working as a Senior Mechanic, Service Advisor and Assistant manager. His most recent role was as workshop controller/2IC at a large multi vehicle franchise.