SA will not re-register vehicles still fitted with Takata alpha inflators

Airbag Deployment

Following on from the Takata Airbag Recall saga, owners of vehicles in South Australia will not be able to re-register their vehicles still fitted with Takata alpha inflators from November 1.

Takata airbag recall

This is the first move of it’s kind in Australia, and will be enforced by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. Owners of affected vehicles should have been contacted multiple times by their vehicle manufacturer to have the airbag replaced, and there have been numerous social media ad campaigns directed at consumers to have their airbags replaced per the ACCC recall notice.

Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by the South Australian Registrar shortly, advising they have 30 days to produce evidence that their faulty airbag has been replaced.

This is what it looks like when a Takata airbag inflator explodes, courtesy of

Tony Weber, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) chief executive, explained the threat posed by alpha airbags at the launch of earlier this year:

“In certain circumstances, there is a chance as high as 1-in-2 that these may rupture on deployment in a collision. These vehicles with alpha airbag inflators should not be driven and owners should immediately contact their manufacturer.If a faulty Takata airbag inflator ruptures, metal fragments will propel out of the airbag and into the vehicle cabin, potentially causing serious injury or death to occupants. It is vital that vehicle owners don’t underestimate the seriousness of this national recall.”

The website, that went live on July 30 this year, showed more than 19,500 Takata alpha inflators were still fitted to Australian cars and four-wheel drives.

Considering the chances of metal fragments being ejected from the airbag upon deployment, and the risk to both the driver and occupants, it comes as quite a surprise that there would be so many still outstanding, and this cessation of registration in South Australia will hopefully push more owners to have the recall and replacement completed.



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  • real men that do not have a family should have good look at them self
    as you drive your 4×4 it will happen to one day and you will say why did happen
    to me. dont think of your self think off people around yuo.

    • If you have had your airbag replaced in a different State, then the change should have been reported by the manufacturer (Nissan, etc ) You won’t be on the list for needing a replacement, so have no problems at all

  • This crap with website number plate lookups is just ridiculous. All the money wasted on adverts etc
    If they know which vehicles are affected then send the owner a letter.

  • I’m so glad I still have my reliable 1996 Toyota Prado petrol V6 as it has no airbags at all and is still outperforming most of the newer stuff .
    I’d take my chance with it anyday against most of the cheap new stuff coming out of China, Taiwan and Korea in terms of reliability performance and safety in the event of a smash!

  • That’s all well and good except when I had my airbag replaced they just replaced it with another Takata airbag that has the exact same fault. I even revived a letter in the mail from the manufacture stating that it will have to be changed again soon.

  • I know this article is for SA, I live in Queensland and can see our gov. System getting in on this action as they are all about revenue grabbing with fines etc.. because my letter states that and I quote “The replacement airbag must be replaced as soon as possible after NISSAN INITIATES AN ACTIVE RECALL OF THE INFLATORS. This will be on or before 31st March 2019”
    So how can a gov. Body refuse registration of a vehicle if the manufacturer has not initiated its recall before the date given by the SA registry office?

  • What happens if the airbag not being replaced is the car manufacturers fault and not the owners, if there is no supply for that vehicle? Do they mandate the manufacturer supply a rental until supplies are available?

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