3000 Takata airbags a day replaced in Australian cars

Australia’s largest ever recall is now well underway with new figures released detailing the first quarter of compulsory Takata airbag replacements under the Mandatory Recall Notice issued by the Australian Government.

 

More than 350,000 faulty Takata airbags were replaced in the quarter following 1 July 2018, equal to more than 3,000 replacements each day.

 

Some 2.5 million faulty Takata airbags have already been replaced in around 1.6 million vehicles to date, since the start of voluntary recalls in 2009.

 

The Government put manufacturers on notice in February when they were forced to comply with strict deadlines to replace potentially deadly Takata airbags by the end of 2020.

 

“We are pleased to see that car manufacturers are taking their responsibilities seriously and working hard to replace faulty airbags from customers’ cars. The safety of drivers is our highest priority and we must ensure these dangerous airbags are off our roads,” said ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard.

 

“Consumers who have been contacted by their manufacturer to have their car’s airbag replaced are urged to book in their cars for a free replacement before the Christmas holiday period. Don’t delay taking action when you get a recall notification letter.”

 

Affected airbags are being replaced according to a determined schedule that considers a number of risk factors, including airbags in older vehicles and vehicles in hot and humid conditions.

 

This means that the recalls for some affected cars aren’t scheduled until later, however, all bags, including ‘like for like’ bags will need to be replaced by December 2020.

 

In July car manufacturers launched a national awareness campaign asking consumers to check whether their vehicle is fitted with one of these dangerous inflators.

 

Consumers are reminded to check if their vehicle is affected by the recall by visiting www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au (link is external) or texting “Takata” to 0487 AIRBAG (247 224).

 

Key figures

  • 350,000 airbags have been replaced in the three months since 1 July 2018
  • 1.4 million airbags still need replacing in around 1.2 million cars
  • 12,000 alpha airbags are still outstanding

 

For more information visit the Product Safety Australia website or speak to your car manufacturer.

 

7 November 2018.