Takata airbag recall
Faulty Takata airbags are subject to a nationwide compulsory recall.
Airbags which contain Takata’s ‘Alpha’ inflator are likely to explode causing death or serious injury to the driver and passengers if they deploy during a crash.
If your vehicle is fitted with a Takata Alpha airbag, you must immediately contact your vehicle manufacturer and arrange for a replacement airbag, free of charge. Failure to do this may result in your vehicle’s registration being suspended.
Airbags containing the Takata Beta inflator are also a safety risk and you should contact your manufacturer to arrange for an airbag replacement.
Frequently asked questions
A compulsory recall, led by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), is in progress to ensure faulty Takata airbags are replaced. The recall affects a large number of vehicles, with one in four Australian vehicles fitted with either Takata Alpha or Beta inflators.
As per the ACCC's advice, Takata's Alpha model of airbag, are considered to pose the highest safety risk of all the recalled Takata airbags.
While all faulty Takata airbags do require replacement, Alpha are considered to pose a much higher safety risk with a 1 in 2 chance of malfunctioning and exploding on deployment (Beta is 1 in 100).
Sanctions are targeting the most critical airbags at this stage.
As the airbag ages and is exposed to high temperatures and humidity, the PSAN propellant is exposed to moisture and degrades. Consequently, when the airbag is triggered and deploys (in a collision), it may deploy with too much explosive force, rupturing the airbag inflator and spraying metal fragments that can injure or kill the driver or occupants in the vehicle.
Takata Alpha airbags are a critical safety risk and enforcement activity currently applies to Alpha inflators only. Roads and Maritime is supporting vehicle manufactures throughout all stages of the recall, to help meet their recall obligations for all vehicles fitted with faulty airbags including beta airbags.
NSW roads must be safe for everyone.
Your vehicle manufacturer will make several attempts to contact you to arrange for airbag replacement. If their efforts are unsuccessful, Roads and Maritime will write to you up to three times, outlining the steps you need to take to have the airbag replaced.
If you do not take the necessary steps to have your vehicle rectified, your vehicle's registration will be suspended. This means you cannot drive or sell the vehicle or transfer ownership of the vehicle until you provide evidence of airbag replacement.
If you provide evidence that the faulty airbag has been replaced, Roads and Maritime will not commence action to suspend your vehicle's registration.
Check if your vehicle is affected by visiting ismyairbagsafe.com.au and entering your number plate details.
Please contact the vehicle manufacturer immediately to arrange your free airbag replacement. A full list of manufacturer contact details is available here.
The recall requires manufacturers to make several attempts to contact affected vehicle owners to arrange for a free replacement airbag.
If the manufacturer is unsuccessful in contacting the vehicle owner to arrange for airbag replacement for Alpha inflators, the ACCC will provide the vehicle details to Roads and Maritime Services to contact owners about what they need to do.
Once the airbag has been replaced, please send written evidence from the manufacturer or vehicle repairer confirming your vehicle's faulty airbag has been replaced to:
Compliance and Regulatory Services
Pod D, Level 4
99 Phillip Street
Parramatta NSW 2150
For general Takata inquiries, please call 1300 782 230.
It's against the law to drive the vehicle or allow someone else to drive it on a road or road related area if your vehicle’s registration is suspended. The current penalty for driving or parking an unregistered light vehicle is $673.
For more information on penalties, visit unregistered vehicle offences.