Takata airbag re­call up­date

Motor Equipment News - - OEM -

Takata Cor­po­ra­tion is an au­to­mo­tive parts com­pany based in Ja­pan. The com­pany has pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties on four con­ti­nents, with its Eu­ro­pean head­quar­ters lo­cated in Germany, where it also has nine pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

The world­wide re­call, which in­volves a num­ber of ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers in Ja­pan, Europe and the USA, is the largest au­to­mo­bile re­call in his­tory and may af­fect up to 100 mil­lion ve­hi­cles world­wide and pos­si­bly around 300,000 or more ve­hi­cles in New Zealand.

Due to the scale of the world­wide re­call, sup­ply of re­place­ment airbag in­fla­tors is lo­gis­ti­cally chal­leng­ing and will take time. Takata is sup­ply­ing re­place­ment parts to man­u­fac­tur­ers in batches.

This means that for those ve­hi­cles sub­ject to a re­call New Zealand dis­trib­u­tors are sup­plied with re­place­ment parts as they are pro­duced. This also de­ter­mines parts for all af­fected ve­hi­cles are not avail­able si­mul­ta­ne­ously. This is not un­der the mo­tor ve­hi­cle dis­trib­u­tor’s con­trol; how­ever it is deemed the most ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient man­ner to ex­pe­dite the global ve­hi­cle re­call.

Con­se­quently, New Zealand dis­trib­u­tors are re­spond­ing to the re­call as parts be­come avail­able. Dis­trib­u­tors are re­call­ing ve­hi­cles that are New Zealand new and for used im­ported ve­hi­cles (even though un­der New Zealand law the im­porter of the used ve­hi­cle is re­quired to man­age the re­call or en­sure the re­call is un­der­taken prior to im­port­ing the ve­hi­cle). Be­low is some im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion: The ve­hi­cle is safe to drive. There have been no known cases of faulty airbag in­fla­tors in the New Zealand or Aus­tralian mar­kets.

How­ever, be­cause it is not pos­si­ble to 100 per­cent guar­an­tee the safe oper­a­tion of these in­fla­tors, man­u­fac­tur­ers have de­cided to widen the re­call to en­sure all risk is re­moved.

Own­ers of af­fected ve­hi­cles can ex­pect to re­ceive a let­ter ad­vis­ing that their ve­hi­cle is sub­ject to a re­call. We ad­vise own­ers to take their ve­hi­cle to a fran­chise dealer to have the airbag in­fla­tor re­placed when the dis­trib­u­tor ad­vises you to do so.

The cost of the parts and labour is met by the dis­trib­u­tor. The only cost is time to take your ve­hi­cle to a fran­chised dealer to have the work un­der­taken.

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