Takata Airbag compulsory recall update

A compulsory recall on faulty airbags has been issued by the Federal Government in February 2018. 
The Takata branded airbags that have been segregated into 2 groups. The first being the ‘Alpha’, secondly the ‘Beta’.

Which make and models are affected?

The Alpha airbag group are the higher risk group and because of this it is critical to have these airbags immediately. Consequently, the vehicles that were fitted in them between 2001 and 2004 are:
  • Honda
  • Toyota
  • Nissan
  • BMW
  • Mazda
  • Lexus
Subsequently, Buyers and Sellers can search online if a vehicle has had an airbag recall at http://www.ismyaibagsafe.com.au and enter the vehicles registration number.
However, there is a link on that website that you can check if the recalled airbag has been replaced. From these links it will then take you through to the manufacturers website. This can also be used to show potential buyers that the recall has been completed and that the car is now safe.

Does this affect my Safety Certificate Inspection?

Meanwhile, Queensland Transport and Main Roads are supporting the Federal Government in the recall. For instance, notifications have been sent to owners at risk from their database. TMR are also requesting that Approved Inspection Stations note on the Safety Certificate if the vehicle has not had a faulty airbag replacement.
This is information that the new buyer of the vehicle can be made aware of if this is noted on the Safety Certificate. This could potentially put your buyer off the sale of the vehicle so best to have the recall sorted prior to your Roadworthy Certificate Inspection.
So, be aware that Queensland Transport and Main Roads may cancel the registration of the vehicles that are in the higher risk with the Alpha Airbags.
In short, for peace of mind and the safety of you and your family do not put off the recall replacement. It is not worth the risk.
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