Takata airbag recall
Faulty Takata airbags are subject to a nationwide compulsory recall.
The risk is that the airbag’s inflator can explode causing serious injury or death to the driver and passengers if deployed during a crash.
20,000 of the vehicles affected by the recall are classified as critical and the ACCC is urging customers not to drive these cars at all until the airbag has been replaced. Under this urgent recall, drivers are entitled to have their vehicles towed to the dealership by the manufacturer and have the airbag replaced. Drivers may also be entitled to a loan vehicle while the airbag is replaced.
The remaining non-critical airbags are being replaced as part of a staged recall. Manufacturers will contact affected non-critical vehicle owners progressively between now and December 2020.
So, if your vehicle is fitted with a faulty Takata airbag, you must contact your vehicle manufacturer to organise a replacement airbag, free of charge.
Failure to replace airbags
Failure to replace an airbag may result in registration being suspended. Vehicle owners who have not replaced their faulty airbag will be sent a warning letter, followed by a notification of intention to suspend registration 28 days later. If the faulty airbag has still not been replaced after another 28 days, a final letter will be sent to advise the vehicle’s registration has been suspended.
Check if your vehicle is affected by visiting ismyairbagsafe.com.au and entering your number plate details. If you are affected, contact your manufacturer immediately to find out if your airbag is critical and organise a replacement.
For more information, please see the latest ACCC advice here and review the Frequently Asked Questions on this page:
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 faulty Takata inflators.
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.
Critical faulty airbags pose the highest safety risk and initial enforcement activity will target vehicles fitted with these airbags.
Regardless, if your vehicle is fitted with a faulty Takata airbag, you must take it for replacement as soon as your manufacturer contacts you to advise that replacement airbags are available for your vehicle.
NSW roads must be safe for everyone.
Your vehicle manufacturer will make multiple 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.
If your car is fitted with a Takata critical airbag, please contact the vehicle manufacturer immediately to arrange your free airbag replacement. View a full list of manufacturer contact details.
If your vehicle is fitted with a non-critical faulty airbag, your manufacturer will make contact with you again when the applicable stage of the recall is commencing. All stages of the recall are scheduled to be completed by December 2020.
The recall requires manufacturers to make multiple 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, Roads and Maritime Services will contact owners about what they need to do.
If you had your airbag replaced but had not yet received a letter from us, there is no further action required from you.
If you received a warning letter from us asking you to replace your airbag, please follow the below instructions.
Once the airbag has been replaced, please send written evidence from the manufacturer or vehicle repairer, such as a service invoice or repair certificate, confirming your vehicle's critical faulty airbag has been replaced to:
Manager Regulatory Systems and Assurance
Roads and Maritime Services
PO Box 3035
Parramatta NSW 2124
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.