Government announces largest ever product recall for airbags – October 2017

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The minister responsible for consumer affairs, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack has made a directive for a recall notice for the controversial Takata airbags.

“There was a voluntary recall notice, now it’s going to be the next step along the lines to a possible mandatory recall,” the minister said.

“I’ve put the manufacturers on notice that they are to do everything they can to issue notices, to issue letters, to even contact people personally who may have a Takata airbag fitted in their car and for anybody who may think that they have a Takata airbag or even if they are driving a vehicle or owning a vehicle to visit productsafety.gov.au and see if their vehicle has an airbag from Takata.

“And I can’t stress the importance of this enough. There are more than 2.4 million cars in Australia with Takata airbags in them which need replacing, so this is the largest product recall in Australia’s history.

“What the manufacturers are on notice to do is to make sure that they contact the ACCC; they can have what is called a conference with the ACCC, but they are to take every step available, take every measure possible to contact those people who they have sold cars to, who may have a Takata airbag.

“This is a matter where it’s going to be from town to town, from garage to garage, from scrapyard to scrapyard, to find and identify these Takata airbags.

“And in the case of Alpha airbags, if people visit productsafety.gov.au and find they have an Alpha airbag fitted in their car - don’t drive it. I can’t stress that enough.

“Call your dealer, call the manufacturer and make sure that car gets collected on a tow truck because these things can be deadly.

“It’s a major issue worldwide. There are more than 100 million Takata airbags which have been recalled. That’s why I have taken this latest step, to make sure there is the next step that manufacturers now need to take.

“I will now await advice from the ACCC to see what needs to be done. If the ACCC then asks for or recommends a mandatory recall then that will follow.

“But at the moment the manufacturers know that they are to put steps in place to contact owners of cars fitted with Takata airbags or, indeed, utes, small trucks or even motorbikes.

“I can’t stress enough that people visit productsafety.gov.au to see if their vehicle, their model, their make, their particular vehicle has one of these fitted and if it does contact your dealer.”

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