Friday, 25 August 2017 16:17

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have issued directives in relation to the recall on Takata Airbags fitted to a large number of vehicle makes and models.

Under the recall, the vehicle manufacturer must replace the airbags at no cost to the consumer.

Owners will have received a notice in the mail advising them of the recall. Unfortunately, owners of used vehicles that may have had several owners may not have been advised and therefore may either not know about the recall or have failed to take action.

Repairers are strongly advised to monitor the vehicles passing through their workshops and where an affected vehicle is identified it should be ascertained if the airbags have been replaced.

If the airbags have not been replaced, members are strongly advised to refer their customer to the vehicle manufacturer’s local dealership who can carry out the replacement.

Manufacturers are required to replace airbags without delay and at no cost.

Where there is a delay, airbags should not be disarmed as this will render the vehicle un-roadworthy and as such void any insurance cover for that vehicle.

Unfortunately, during this process, a number of unsafe practices have been uncovered and again, repairers are encouraged to be vigilant and look for these potential hazards. Issues have included cars having had their air bags replaced with second hand units from different models, SRS wiring harnesses being cut and repaired, and air bag covers being vinyl repaired and refitted.

If you are unsure of which vehicles are affected, please refer to the following link:

https://www.productsafety.gov.au/news/takata-airbag-recalls-affecting-australian-consumers

Should any members have any questions in relation to this issue please contact the MTA WA for assistance on 9233 9800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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