High-risk airbags warning

There are as many as 18,000 airbags in vehicles across Tasmania that need to be replaced, with more vehicles being added to the list as the airbags age.

If a vehicle owner receives a communication from their vehicle’s manufacturer about replacing the airbag, they should contact their dealer immediately for a free replacement.

There are currently eight vehicles in Tasmania installed with the critical Takata ‘alpha’ airbags, which should be replaced immediately. Owners of vehicles fitted with these particular airbags will receive Registration Suspension Notices from the Tasmanian Government if the airbags have not been replaced under the mandatory national recall.

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

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 a high-risk airbag, and if so, to organise a free replacement.

Please check if your airbag is safe 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.


23 January 2019