Compulsory recall for Takata Alpha type airbags
A compulsory recall order has been issued for Alpha Type Takata airbags under the Fair Trading Act 1986.
Alpha airbag inflators are a subset of inflators in the wider global Takata airbag inflator recall. Alpha type airbags may fail in a crash and explode, sending fragments into occupants in the vehicle, causing serious injury and even death.
While there haven’t been any serious injuries or death in New Zealand to date, there have been overseas incidents which have caused New Zealand authorities to invoke a compulsory recall.
If your car has been affected by the compulsory recall, your car supplier will contact you. This may already have happened. They will arrange a free replacement of the airbag when it initiates recall action for your vehicle. Free means you won’t have to pay for replacement parts or labour.
Make sure the supplier has your correct contact details by contacting them directly. You can also check/update your details on the Motor Vehicle Register(external link).
You will need to know your vehicle identification number, or ‘VIN’, which is a unique 17 character serial number that can be found on your vehicle or in documentation (such as registration documentation). The NZ Transport Agency has a helpful resource to find your VIN which can be found on the NZTA website(external link).
If your vehicle is not currently under active recall, it is important to check again in the future as recall action may later be initiated for your car.
The Product Recalls website(external link) also has a list of notified Taktata airbag recalls – you can search for your car's make and model.
You can also subscribe to receive updates(external link) about current and future recalls.
For more information see the Frequently Asked Questions page(external link) on the Product Recalls website.
If you are a supplier of vehicles with Takata Alpha airbag inflators the following information is for you: