Own­ers urged to check airbag re­call page

Stratford Press - - News -

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.”

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