Subaru Australia has partnered with All Auto Recalls to recover Affected Takata Airbag Inflators (ATAIs) from salvage yards and the automotive recycling industry across Australia.
The mandatory recall notice issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) requires all manufacturers to replace all defective ATAIs that were used in their vehicles by 31 December 2020. Subaru Australia says it is committed to doing everything possible to locate every one of them.
“Our partnership with All Auto Recalls is a critical component of this effort and commitment by Subaru Australia,” said Colin Christie, Managing Director of Subaru Australia.
“We are proud to be working closely with the AAR team who have already, in only a few months, helped us account for ATAIs that would otherwise have been difficult to locate.”
All Auto Recalls will manage the retrieval of ATAIs on behalf of Subaru Australia from the salvage and automotive recycling industry.
“We are excited at the opportunity to work with Subaru Australia,” said Chris Daglis, Founder and Managing Director of All Auto Recalls.
“Our knowledge of the industry, networks and technology we have built and continue to develop, [offer in a combined way] so much to the manufacturers both today and in the future. We have made a commitment to working with all industry stakeholders to eliminate recalled components from the marketplace in the interest of public safety by working with manufacturers like Subaru Australia, who are proactive in their pursuit of consumer safety.”
Subaru vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall notice contain a passenger-side front Takata airbag inflator that is subject to a mandatory safety recall issued by the Australian government. It followed an investigation in which the ACCC concluded that certain Takata airbag inflators are faulty and could kill or seriously injure people in the vehicle.
As the vehicle gets older, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can affect the airbag. In the event of a collision, the airbag can activate with too much explosive force, causing sharp metal fragments to shoot out and kill or seriously injure people in the vehicle.
Any salvage yard or automotive recycler wanting to determine whether any vehicle or parts in their possession are affected by the Takata mandatory safety recall can use the VIN check tool available on the Subaru website and check each VIN one by one. This tool is accessible at www.subaru.com.au/takata-recall.
Alternatively, All Auto Recalls says it offers a bespoke validation tool and process using their systems, which will enable checking of every VIN held on record retrospectively. For more information, contact All Auto Recalls at [email protected], or Chris Daglis at [email protected] or 0411 743 560. Daglis says upon contact, he will discuss next steps and have his team facilitate the collection/return of frontal Takata airbags on behalf of Subaru Australia.