Vehicles with Alpha airbags to have registration suspended

Owners of vehicles fitted with the high risk Takata Alpha airbags will be receiving Registration Suspension Notices from the Tasmanian Government if the airbags have not been replaced under the mandatory national recall.

Vehicles fitted with Alpha airbags include certain models of Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mazda and Lexus sold between 2001 and 2004, and should not be driven.

There are currently 20 Takata Alpha airbags still outstanding in Tasmania and approximately 1.3 million unsafe airbags still not completed across Australia.

Owners of vehicles affected by the recall that have been unregistered for more than 90 days have not been contacted, as these vehicles cannot be driven on Tasmanian roads.

If a vehicle is to be purchased or registered, it is the responsibility of the prospective buyer and owner to check if the vehicle is fitted with an Alpha airbag, and if so, to organise a free replacement through the vehicle manufacturer.

All recalled vehicles can be found at ACCC Product Safety, FCAI Is my airbag safe? and the Personal Property Securities Register.

More information can also be found via the ACCC FAQ page.