Previously, there was a voluntary recall in place but some drivers were unaware of or didn't respond to vehicle manufacturer's efforts to replace the airbags, raising concerns that many Aussies were still driving with risky airbags in their cars. A defect can cause the airbags to explode and blast shrapnel into drivers and passengers.
This is in addition to existing voluntary recalls by BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volvo and Hino Trucks.
"The compulsory recall will force manufacturers, dealers, importers and other suppliers to ensure that all unsafe Takata airbags are located and replaced as quickly as possible", Mr Sukkar said. "Importantly for consumers, vehicle manufacturers will be required to cover the full cost of replacing these airbags".
Around 1.7 million vehicles have had airbags replaced (including 90,000 alpha airbags), leaving around 1 million voluntarily recalled airbags to be replaced.
"Right now, you should go to the website for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to see if their vehicle is under recall, then contact a reputable dealership to arrange for the free replacement of the airbag inflator", she said.
2 in 7 cars across Australia will be affected by the recall. In the United States, more than 40 million vehicles were affected, and authorities say the recalls could take until 2023 to complete.
The ACCC also recommends subscribing to their email newsletter if you think your vehicle may be at risk, as additional vehicles are yet to be added to the recall list.
Sukkar said the Alpha airbags presented a "serious and immediate risk" to owners.
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Prior to the compulsory recall, however, not all vehicles with defective Takata airbags were recalled.
Globally, ruptures of defective Takata airbags have been associated with at least 23 deaths and 230 injuries.
But Assistant Minister Michael Sukkar said today that voluntary recall had not been robust enough.
In the biggest bankruptcy of a Japanese manufacturer, Takata sought court protection from creditors in June as costs and liabilities mounted from nearly a decade of recalls and lawsuits.
The Australian Government's action follows similar moves to speed up the airbag replacement process in U.S. and several other European countries.
"They've been slow to communicate, slow to get the parts in and slow to replace air bags and sometimes said things to consumers that were unfortunate, like: 'Come back in a year's time and, by the way, in the meantime don't drive the car,"' Sims said.
In Australia past year, a man was tragically killed and a woman was seriously injured.
A spokesman for the brand said "we will comply with the letter of the recall".
They have been subject to multiple compulsory recalls outside Australia.
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