To: ALL AADA MEMBERS
The Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, Michael Sukkar, has today issued a compulsory recall notice for vehicles fitted with defective Takata airbags. The action follows an extensive and lengthy investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
The ACCC issued a draft recall notice in September 2017 and consulted extensively with vehicle manufacturers and the AADA. The final recall notice is less stringent than the draft but still places significant requirements on manufacturers and by extension franchised new car dealers.
The compulsory recall prioritises the replacement of the higher risk alpha airbags and requires all defective Takata airbags to be replaced by 31 December 2020. To view the recall notice, please click here.
The compulsory recall captures some 2.3 million vehicles, including over 1.3 million which were not subject to the previous voluntary recall.
Affected brands now include – Ford, GM Holden, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda. This is in addition to existing voluntary recalls by BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volvo and Hino Trucks.
Affected members will need to work closely with their respective OEM partners to ensure compliance with the compulsory recall notice.
For more information on the compulsory recall, please click here.