Alpha airbag inflator recall - Guidance for suppliers

Information for suppliers to help them understand the compulsory recall order for Takata Alpha airbag inflators.

Introduction

Under the Compulsory Recall Order it is illegal to:

  • import affected vehicles into New Zealand — under Customs law affected vehicles are forfeit and could be seized
  • sell (supply) in trade affected vehicles — this could breach the Fair Trading Act, and a conviction could result in significant fines (up to $200,000 for individuals and $600,000 for businesses).
    • if you are in business this applies to you
    • it also applies to affected vehicles that are deregistered, damaged or written-off  or being sold for parts as an identifiable vehicle.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has committed to updating vehicle compliance requirements to prevent vehicles with outstanding Takata airbag inflator recalls (including Alpha variants) from being registered for use on New Zealand roads. This is already in place for vehicles with Takata Alpha aribag inflators.

Guidance for importers

  • Immediately stop buying vehicles overseas with Takata Alpha airbag inflators.
  • Check vehicles you have already purchased overseas to ensure that they don’t have Takata Alpha airbag inflators.
  • If you already have affected vehicles offshore, arrange for the recall work to be done before the vehicles are shipped to New Zealand. Documentation will be required for import and to register vehicles in New Zealand:
    • The NZTA has released a tool for used vehicles from Japan that will help you identify if a vehicle has Alpha airbag inflators. As an importer you need to confirm that the recall work has been completed before shipping. You can search Japanese vehicles using the chassis number. Up to 1,000 vehicles can be searched at one time.
    • For other countries you will need to confirm the recall status of the vehicles in the home country pre-purchase and/or have the recall closed out before the vehicle is shipped to New Zealand.
  • For vehicles already registered for use in New Zealand NZTA has released a tool that lets you search to see if a vehicles is affected.
    • You can search NZ registered vehicles based on licence plate or vehicle identification number (‘VIN’). Up to 1,000 vehicles can be searched at one time.

Guidance for motor vehicle traders

Check your vehicle stock to make sure none of your vehicles are affected.

Vehicles under active recall in New Zealand

For vehicles already registered for use in New Zealand NZTA has released a tool that lets you search to see if a vehicles is affected.

Use the New Zealand registered vehicle search tool.

Rightcar website — Compulsory Alpha recall(external link)

Used import vehicles from Japan

Used import vehicles may not be subject to active recall in New Zealand yet. You'll need to check active recalls in the vehicle's country of origin.

NZTA has compiled a list of Japanese market vehicles that have active Alpha airbag inflator recalls.

Rightcar website — Tools for importers(external link)

What to do

Affected vehicles should be quarantined until the recall repair work can be completed and the vehicle is no longer subject to the compulsory recall order.

To arrange for the recall work to be completed, contact the vehicle supplier or the New Zealand vehicle brand representative. Who to contact will depend on whether the vehicle was sold new in New Zealand, or for used imports — how the New Zealand vehicle brand owner has decided to cover these.