Federal government recalls millions of vehicles

THE FEDERAL government has announced an unprecedented vehicle recall involving defective Takata airbags and 2.3 million vehicles.
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Image: courtesy of the ACCC

Mark Saunders

Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, the Hon Michael Sukkar issued the compulsory recall today for all vehicles with defective Takata airbags, following an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission safety investigation.

The Minister decided to issue a compulsory recall based on extensive evidence provided by the ACCC which showed a reasonably foreseeable use of vehicles with defective Takata airbags may cause injury to drivers and/or passengers, and one or more suppliers of vehicles with defective Takata airbags have not taken satisfactory action to prevent those vehicles causing injury to drivers and/or passengers.

The compulsory recall applies to all vehicles that are subject to existing Takata voluntary recalls, and approximately 1.3million additional vehicles that have not been voluntarily recalled.

The recall cover vehicles made by 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.

The compulsory recall requires suppliers of vehicles with defective Takata airbags to replace all defective Takata airbags in Australian vehicles by 31 December 2020 (or later in some instances if approved by the ACCC). Some vehicles will be recalled immediately, and others on a rolling basis, scheduled based on various factors including relative safety risk. This means that not all vehicles will be recalled straight away. 

According to the ACCC, the recall affects two in seven cars in Australia. The recall list is extensive and involves many 4WD vehicles including certain models of Mitsubishi Triton and Mazda BT50.

For more details click HERE or visit your local car dealer.