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    Fed govt taking action on Takata airbags
    9:38am Feb 28, 2018
    The federal government is taking the unusual step of ordering a national recall of nearly four million cars fitted with deadly Takata airbags because it's unhappy with the industry response.
    It is one of the largest and most significant product recalls in Australia's history and follows voluntary recalls by car makers last year.
    "The previous voluntary recall has not been satisfactory overall and it's the safety of all Australians which is the first priority of this government," Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Michael Sukkar told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.
    "The compulsory recall will force manufacturers, dealers, importers and other suppliers to ensure that all dangerous Takata airbags are located and replaced as quickly as possible."
    The airbags have caused multiple deaths and injuries worldwide. One Australian has died and another was severely injured.
    The problem is caused by high levels of moisture getting into the airbags. This can cause the propelling mechanism to catch fire and explode, scattering pieces of metal.
    Manufacturers Ford, Holden and Volkswagen are among the 25 carmakers expected to urgently replace the airbags.
    The government action comes after federal Labor called for a compulsory recall in August last year.
    "The sad thing about this is that this has been waiting in the wings for months and months," opposition consumer affairs spokesman Tim Hammond told reporters in Canberra.
    "It is an indictment of this government that they have taken so long to pull the trigger on a compulsory recall."
    Consumer watchdog boss Rod Sims said last year's voluntary recall applied to 2.3 million vehicles but only about 1.3 million had airbags replaced.
    The compulsory recall expands the scope to cover the millions of cars not dealt with last year and another 1.3 million not previously recalled.
    The scale of the recall is so big it will be done on a rolling basis, with priority given to replacing airbags posing the most risk.
    All affected airbags must be replaced by December 31, 2020.
    The order affects vehicles made by Ford, GM Holden, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volvo and Hino Trucks.
    The cost of the recall will be borne by the manufacturers.
     
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    I don’t think Commodores are affected at all...
    On 28 February 2018, the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, the Hon Michael Sukkar issued a compulsory recall for all vehicles with defective Takata airbags, following an ACCC safety investigation.

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

    Takata alpha airbags require immediate replacement

    highest safety risk. Recalls must be initiated as soon as possible.
    • Complete all replacements by 31 December 2020, unless that date is varied by application to the ACCC.
    • Contact consumers directly when recall action is initiated for their vehicle (under ‘active recall’).
    • Publish a VIN search tool on their website by 1 July 2018 that allows consumers to identify if their vehicle is affected by the recall and if so, whether the vehicle is under active recall.
    • Publish a recall initiation schedule on their website as soon as practicable and by no later than 1 July 2018. The schedule will advise consumers with an affected vehicle when their vehicle will be recalled. Vehicles under ‘active recall’ can have their affected Takata airbags replaced straight away. Consumers with vehicles subject to ‘future recall’ will be notified by the supplier when it is time to have their airbag replaced (and they can also find their vehicle in the supplier’s recall initiation schedule).
    • Notify the ACCC via the Product Safety Website when active recall is initiated for a new category of vehicle.
    • Make arrangements for towing or transporting a vehicle or providing loan or hire cars during the replacement process in certain circumstances.
    See: Timeline of supplier actions

    check whether their vehicle is affected, and if so, whether it is under active or future recall. If a consumer finds that their vehicle is under active recall, then they are urged to contact the supplier to arrange replacement of the affected Takata airbag as soon as possible. Suppliers will provide instructions on their website to assist consumers.
    As not all vehicles may be recalled straight away, consumers should also subscribe to receive updates about future recalls on our website and check the supplier’s recall initiation schedule on the supplier’s website, when available (it must be available by no later than 1 July 2018).

    See: What drivers should do
     

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