Takata Airbag warning

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The ACCC says that despite 80 per cent of recalled Takata Airbags in Australian vehicles being replaced since July 2017, there are growing concerns that some communities are not getting the message.

The ACCC’s quarterly figures show that rural and regional communities, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are falling behind with compulsory airbag replacements.

Since the mandatory recall began in March 2018, 77,000 vehicles have had their Takata inflator modules replaced every month. That equates to 4175 Takata airbags per day being taken out of vehicles by Australia’s franchised automotive dealerships.

In South Australia, 188,854 airbags (82.705) have been replaced, leaving 39,422 (17.26%) (excluding Alpha types) yet to be replaced.

If you have any concerns in relation to a vehicle that may be affected by the Takata Airbag recall, visit IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au to check.

The ACCC has released the following facts in relation to the recall, Australia wide, as of June 30 this year:

  • 3.21 million airbags have now been replaced in 2.28 million vehicles.
  • There are approximately 604,000 (less than 15 per cent) of airbags remaining in 537,000 vehicles as at 30 June 2019.
  • This excludes 255,000 airbags (over 6 per cent) in 218,000 vehicles which Suppliers have identified as written-off, scrapped, stolen, modified and unable to have the airbag replaced.
  • Suppliers are legally required to recall and replace all defective airbags as soon as they can following the priority risk factors. This must be done by 31 December 2020 (unless varied through an application to the ACCC).
  • The compulsory recall is the most significant recall in Australian history affecting over four million Takata airbag inflators in around three million vehicles. The Takata airbag recall is the world’s largest recall, affecting an estimated 100 million vehicles globally.

You can see up to date Takata Airbag recall progress data from the ACCC by clicking here.

If you have any questions in relation to your obligations under the recall, click here to email our Industry Engagement Specialist, Nathan Groves.