4 Technical bulletins
43 Takata airbag recall
From 1 November 2018 takata non-alpha air bags subject to a recall will be flagged at the border. As with the alpha airbags, if vehicles do show ‘Open Airbag Recall’, then these vehicles are to be rejected for entry certification until such time as irrefutable evidence is provided from the manufacturer showing that the affected airbags have been replaced.
Note: sometimes the New Zealand distributor will not have been advised of the recall by the manufacturer as the vehicle was not first registered in New Zealand. Therefore, confirmation must be obtained from the the manufacturer or manufacturers representative in the country of origin based in the country of export or the manufacturers global records. Receipts from the New Zealand distributor or franchised dealer confirming the work has been completed is an acceptable alternative.
The recently announced compulsory ‘Takata alpha airbag inflator recall order 2018’ becomes effective from 31 May 2018. From the effective date Takata alpha airbag inflators become a prohibited import as well as being prohibited for sale in trade.
The purpose of this technical bulletin is to outline the entry inspection process to identify vehicles subject to the mandatory Takata Alpha type airbag recall and how to deal with them.
From 31 May 2018 entry certifiers will be required to check if vehicles they are inspecting are damage flagged with notes recorded stating ‘Open Airbag Recall’. Vehicles that are flagged only for ‘Open Airbag Recall’ and have no other damage recorded do not require repair certification.
If they do show ‘Open Airbag Recall’, then these vehicles are to be rejected for entry certification until such time as irrefutable evidence is provided from the manufacturer showing that the affected airbags have been replaced. If that evidence is provided, then the entry certifier can begin the rest of the entry certification compliance process as per usual procedures.
Note. Some vehicles may turn up for entry certification before 31 May 2018 that have already been damage flagged for ‘Open Airbag Recall’ by a Border Inspection Organisation. These vehicles can have the damage flag removed providing the airbag was the only fault, however the customers must be advised that unless the recall is remedied the vehicle cannot be offered for sale in trade after 31 May 2018.
For vehicles border checked prior to 21 May 2018 these notes will not have been added to affected vehicles. A check will have to be made to determine whether or not the vehicle is fitted with an effected airbag. This check can be done using the following websites:
If vehicles are listed on these websites, and no conclusive evidence from the manufacturer is available to show the recall has been conducted, then a damage flag and notes must be recorded stating ‘Open Airbag Recall’.
For vehicles imported from countries other than those listed above, it is up to the importer to show that they are not subject to the recall by providing evidence from the governing authority of the country in question, or alternatively from the manufacturer's New Zealand representative.
Vehicle makes to check
Other than for left-hand drive vehicles, you only need to check vehicles from the following manufacturers (as listed on the rightcar website):
Vehicles from other manufacturers will not have Takata Alpha type airbags fitted, or be Japanese vehicles of concern, so are not subject to the recall.
For left-hand drive vehicles it is up to the importer to supply conclusive evidence that there is no recall for the vehicle and/or that the airbag has been replaced.
Conclusive evidence means documentation stating the Takata Alpha airbag recall has been rectified for the vehicle in question - from any source approved by the Transport Agency, including:
- the manufacturer
- the local manufacturer's agent (official brand importer)
- Shaken test documentation (see below).
Recall completion certificate
A Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) process document like the image below can be used to provide evidence of a Shaken test (Japanese WoF). A vehicle can only pass a Shaken test if it has had its Takata Aplha airbags replaced.
If a completed recall certificate for the vehicle in question is presented with a dealers stamp on it, it can be accepted as evidence that the vehicle in question can pass a Shaken test and therefore has had its airbags replaced. It can be accepted as proof that a vehicle has been rectified at a dealership level but might not yet have come off their website.
Example of recall completion certificate (without dealer stamp).
Please note the Transport Agency require each KSDP to report weekly, the number and the details of vehicles presented that week with damage flag notes stating ‘Open Airbag Recall’ noting which had been rectified (and went through certification) and which were sent away. These reports can be sent to email@example.com.
For vehicle arriving at entry certification on or after 31 May 2018 the following table applies.
Vehicles border checked before 21 May 2018
Vehicles border checked on or after 21 May 2018
Check the websites listed above for the vehicle make, model and year
If the vehicle is damage flagged check vehicle notes for ‘Open airbag recall’
For vehicle arriving at entry certification before 31 May 2018 that have already been damage flagged for ‘Open Airbag Recall’ by a Border Inspection Organisation. These vehicles can have the damage flag removed providing the airbag was the only fault. However, the customers must be advised that unless the recall is remedied the vehicle cannot be offered for sale in trade on or after 31 May 2018.
Page updated 25 May 2021 (see details)
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Pre-registration and VIN
- 3 Inspection and certification
- 4 Technical bulletins
- 1 Replacement parts
- 2 Water- or fire-damaged vehicles
- 3 Vehicles modified to change vehicle class
- 4 Identifying a Honda Gyro
- 5 Inspection requirements for temporary vehicle imports
- 6 Auxiliary bars
- 7 Frontal impact standard exemptions
- 8 Frontal impact compliance for Mitsubishi models
- 9 Frontal impact compliance for Toyota Cavaliers
- 10 Inspection for corrosion in Nissan Terrano & Mistral rear floorpan assemblies
- 11 Inspection of motorhomes
- 12 Inspection of daytime running lamps
- 13 Glazing on house-trucks
- 14 Seatbelt requirements for rotating seats
- 15 Toyota Hiace seat and seatbelt requirements
- 16 Replacement seatbelts
- 17 Seatbelt and seatbelt anchorage standards for heavy motor vehicles
- 18 Seatbelt markings
- 19 Seatbelt exemptions
- 20 OE rear upper seatbelt anchorages (with retrofitted seatbelts)
- 21 Rear seatbelts as aisle obstructions in passenger service vehicles
- 23 Used imported motorsport vehicles
- 24 Recording the number of seats for self-propelled motorhomes
- 25 Immigrants' vehicles
- 26 Special interest vehicles
- 27 Alternative proof of compliance – Singapore/Japan
- 28 Exhaust emissions standard compliance
- 29 Declaration for supplementary restraint system, anti-lock braking system and ESC system inspections
- 30 Dual brake systems in overseas driving school vehicles
- 31 Brakes standards compliance
- 32 Static tilt stability compliance
- 33 Category A left-hand drive vehicles
- 34 Bridgestone tyres manufactured in Thailand, Taiwan or Indonesia
- 35 Moped entry certification (class LA, LB)
- 36 Removing a border damage flag
- 37 Electronic stability control identification
- 38 Class MC vehicle definition
- 39 Identifying class MB, MD1 or MD2 based on seats on Japanese deregistration certificates
- 40 Passenger airbag inspection – used imported vehicles from Japan
- 41 Entry certification procedures for certain modified vehicles
- 42 Conversion vans (AKA day vans)
- 43 Takata airbag recall
- 44 Rust prevention or under-sealing on late model cars from the UK
- 45 Recording the number of seats in a vehicle with wheelchair positions
- 46 Parallel imports
- 47 Vehicles fitted with ITS Connect
- COVID-19 recovery
- 5 Reference materials