Takata Airbag - Compulsory Recall
A compulsory recall order has been issued for Alpha Type Takata airbags under the Fair Trading Act 1986.
Whats the issue
Alpha airbag inflators are a subset of inflators in the wider global Takata airbag inflator recall. Alpha type airbags may fail in a crash and explode, sending fragments into occupants in the vehicle, causing serious injury and even death.
While there haven’t been any serious injuries or death in New Zealand to date, there have been overseas incidents which have caused New Zealand authorities to invoke a compulsory recall.
What to do
If your vehicle has been affected by the compulsory recall, your vehicle supplier will contact you. This may already have happened. They will arrange a free replacement of the airbag when it initiates recall action for your vehicle. Free means you won’t have to pay for replacement parts or labour.
Make sure the supplier has your correct contact details by contacting them directly. You can also check/update your details on the Motor Vehicle Register.
You will need to know your vehicle identification number, or ‘VIN’, which is a unique 17 character serial number that can be found on your vehicle or in documentation (such as registration documentation). The NZ Transport Agency has a helpful resource to find your VIN which can be found on their website.
Is your vehicle affected
You can search to see if you vehicle is affected on the following sites:
- the NZTA Vehicle Safety Recalls website (active recalls)
- the government Product Recalls website (active recalls) - you can also subscribe to receive updates for future recalls.
- the RightCar website (used Japanese imports potentially affected by the compulsory recall)
If your vehicle is not currently under active recall, it is important to check again in the future as recall action may later be initiated for your vehicle.
For more information
See our Frequently Asked Questions page.
About Product Recalls
Product Recalls is a collaboration between four Government Agencies bringing together consumer product safety recall information into one place to improve public access to essential safety information so you can help protect yourself, your family and your friends. Food recalls are available on the MPI website - www.mpi.govt.nz