The federal government has declared it will oblige the recall of 2.3 million cars as it seeks to protect Australian drivers from the risks of exploding airbags.
- It is one of the largest and most significant recalls in Australia's history, involving four million cars with defective airbags: that's two-in-seven cars on the road.
Spokesman Andy Knackstedt says "The global Takata airbag recall may potentially affect as many as 100 million vehicles across a dozen different vehicle manufacturers".
Sukkar said all defective air bags will need to be replaced by December 31, 2020, with priority given to replacing the roughly 25,000 Alpha model air bags still on Australian roads which pose an "immediate and critical safety risk".
Less than a week ago, more than 40 US states reached a settlement with TK Holdings, Takata's USA subsidiary, will cover the cost of the investigation and "maximize" the settlements for affected consumers.
Mr Sims said the decision to recall 2.3 million vehicles was not something "done lightly", and it would be closely monitored by the ACCC.
The recall will be staggered based on urgency, with vehicles fitted with Alpha airbags - which pose an "immediate and critical safety risk" - to be recalled first.
As at January 2018, the overall replacement rate for all voluntary recalls was only approximately 63 per cent of the total number of affected vehicles under voluntary recall in Australia.
Beginning in 2008, auto manufacturers issued multiple recalls of vehicles containing these airbag inflators in response to ruptures upon deployment of the airbag. This means that not all vehicles will be recalled straight away.
Around 140,000 New Zealanders were sent letters in September urging them to get the airbags replaced for free, however less than half are thought to have done so.
But Assistant Minister Michael Sukkar said today that voluntary recall had not been robust enough.
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They have been subject to multiple compulsory recalls outside Australia.
Generally speaking, under this compulsory recall, a supplier is the company who manufactured the vehicle and a dealer is where you bought it.
For example, if you own a Toyota Corolla, your Toyota dealership will cover the cost of parts and labour required to replace the Takata airbag.
The second category relates to what Sims described as airbags that were "not badly made, they just have a design fault", and account for most of the recalls.