Owners urged to check airbag recall page
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi is urging consumers in the Taranaki region to check if their vehicle has been affected by the compulsory recall of Takata Alpha type airbags.
The compulsory recall came into effect in April this year and the latest regional data in Taranaki region shows, there are still 616 affected vehicles on the road that are yet to be repaired.
The number of airbags to still be repaired in the region include 14 in Stratford, 133 in South Taranaki and 469 in New Plymouth.
“We know many Taranaki residents will be planning their summer road trips now and with unfortunately higher crash rates than we have seen before, it’s more important than ever that all airbags in vehicles are safe.
“Consumers can easily check whether their vehicle has been affected by visiting rightcar.govt.nz, selecting the Takata Alpha airbag recall page, and keying in their registration number.”
RightCar tells consumers if their vehicle has an Alpha type airbag that needs replacing and exactly what to do if that is the case.
“If a vehicle is affected, consumers are entitled to have their Alpha airbags replaced at no cost, no matter if the vehicle was purchased privately, through a dealer, new or second-hand,” the minister says.
“I urge anyone who has received a letter from their car’s distributor to act on it immediately and get their airbags replaced.”