Under the Recall Notice, a supplier is the first person to supply a vehicle with an Affected Takata Airbag Inflator into Australia. A supplier will usually be able to contact vehicle owners through the supplier’s dealer network.
The ACCC performs its product safety work in line with the annual priorities set by the ACCC each year. This policy sets out the principles adopted by the ACCC for prioritising and addressing product safety risks in 2018.
Parallel, sometimes referred to as ‘grey’, importers of new and used motor vehicles in Australia have key obligations under the Recall Notice. Such importers sell legal, non-counterfeit vehicles outside normal distribution channels and may have no relationship to the producer of the vehicle.
Due to the serious safety risk, it is important that all spare parts that are, or contain, Affected Takata Airbag Inflators are identified, quarantined and ultimately destroyed and are not re-installed into vehicles
Affected Takata Airbag Inflators installed in vehicles pose a serious safety risk and it is important that this safety risk and the need for future replacement are clearly communicated to prospective purchasers of affected vehicles.
Most recall and replacement obligations in the Recall Notice are placed on vehicle manufacturers. Vehicle manufacturers may satisfy some of these obligations by work undertaken by their authorised dealer network.
Explanatory statement issued by the Hon Michael Sukkar, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer for the Consumer Goods (Motor Vehicles with Affected Takata Airbag Inflators and Specified Spare Parts) Recall Notice 2018.