This past week, the Motor Industry Association of NZ provided to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Hon Kris
Faafoi, an update on both the total number vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall and completion rates.
David Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Industry Association says “Between March and May, Distributors have
worked tirelessly to identify the number of vehicles fitted with the more at risk Takata alpha type airbag, subject to a
mandatory recall, or with the other types of Takata airbags, whether these vehicles were NZ new or used imported
vehicles. For used imported vehicles, it has been a significant logistical exercise with many challenges to overcome
identifying at an individual vehicle level which are caught in the mandatory and voluntary recalls”.
For used imported vehicles, before a replacement part can be ordered, a distributor needs to know if the vehicle is in
New Zealand and then verify the status of each individual vehicle with their manufacturer’s head office database. This
has been a significant focus of attention since March and much of this work has now been completed and parts are on
“Industry continues to allocate significant resources to achieve a coordinated and timely response to the Takata airbag
recall” said Mr Crawford.