A new home for road vehicle recalls

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This safety alert was updated on 2 July 2021 to reflect the publication of road vehicle recalls on the Vehicle Recalls website from 1 July.

As of 1 July 2021, road vehicle recalls are published by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the department) on the Vehicle Recalls website, www.vehiclerecalls.gov.au.

Road safety reforms

On 1 July 2021, the new Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVS) replaced the existing Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989.

The RVS reforms cover voluntary and compulsory recalls of road vehicles and approved road vehicle components.

Suppliers who voluntarily recall road vehicles (e.g. cars, caravans, motor bikes, commercial vehicles, campers, trailers) or approved road vehicle components are now required to notify the department, and the recall notice is published on the department’s Vehicle recalls website.

These recalls will no longer be published by the ACCC. Current vehicle recalls on the Product Safety Australia website are being transitioned to the department’s Vehicle Recalls website.

Recalls remaining on the Product Safety Australia website

The following types of recalls remain on the Product Safety Australia website:

  • vehicles that are not road vehicles but are classified as consumer goods (e.g. golf cart, miniature motor bike, motorised mobility device, quad bike)
  • vehicle accessories (i.e. after-market parts that are not intended to be integrated into the road vehicle), that are consumer goods (e.g. child car restraint, portable ramp, recovery strap, bike carrier)
  • caravans and campers where the safety issue is not related to the vehicle itself but with human occupation (e.g. fridge, stove in caravan).

The ACCC also continues to administer:

  • the compulsory Takata airbag recall
  • recalls of vehicle parts that are consumer goods unless covered by a road vehicle or approved road vehicle component recall (e.g. battery or tyre supplied by an auto parts retailer) – these recalls will be published on the department’s website to make it easier to search road vehicle safety recalls.

For suppliers: submitting road vehicle recalls

As of 1 July 2021, suppliers must submit recalls for road vehicles and approved road vehicle components using the department’s Road Vehicle Regulator (ROVER) system within two days of taking recall action.

Note that recalls submitted close to 30 June 2021 which were not published on the Product Safety Australia website by 1 July, have been transferred to the department to finalise and publish.

For consumers: searching for a road vehicle recall

Consumers can now access new road vehicle recall notices from the department’s recalls site, www.vehiclerecalls.gov.au.

Past recalls will also be transitioned to the department’s recalls website by 1 September 2021.

Memorandum of understanding

The ACCC and the department have signed a memorandum of understanding to apply from 1 July 2021, in relation to their roles.

For more information, see the Transport section on the Who regulates what page of the Product Safety Australia website.

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