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Compulsory Takata Alpha Airbag Inflator Recall Order 2018

1 May 2018


What does the compuls​​ory recall order do?

The compulsory recall order comes into effect on 31 May 2018.

From this date, it will no longer be legal to:

  • Sell or otherwise supply in trade affected vehicles (i.e. vehicles with Takata Alpha type airbag inflators as covered by the compulsory recall order).


Affected vehicles must be repaired before they can be on-sold.

Failure to comply with the order may constitute a breach of the Fair Trading Act and a conviction could attract fines up to $200,000 for individuals and up to $600,000 for businesses.

  • Import affected vehicles.


Under Customs law affected vehicles are forfeit could be seized and lost.

What do ​you need t​o do

The recall work needs to be completed by an Authorised Dealer for the vehicles make. Consumers should be advised to make contact with their local Authorised Dealer. The dealer will register the consumers vehicle, order the required parts and will contact the consumer when the parts are available to book the car in for repair.

If you have imported, sold or otherwise supplied affected vehicles in New Zealand you will have responsibilities under the compulsory recall and may be liable for a portion of the recall costs. You will need to coordinate with other parties in the supply chain to ensure that the recall is completed and affected vehicles are repaired.

For more infor​​mati​​​​on

The compulsory recall order and guidance material is available on MBIE's Trading Standards - Product Safety website:

If you have specific questions:

  • About how to identify affected vehicles or technical safety aspects – contact NZTA on 0800 699 000.
  • About the compulsory recall order – contact MBIE's Trading Standards on 0508 627 774 or
Last updated 5 March 2019


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