Nissan has announced today that it is working with Lube Mobile who operate a nation wide mechanic business that comes to the customer to help replace recalled Takata airbags in Nissan vehicles.
This move allows Lube Mobile Technicians to come to the customer at home or work at a convenient time to replace the alpha inflators. Lube Mobile technicians and regional managers that have been trained by Nissan and will work 6 days a week and on behalf of Nissan, are contacting customers with Alpha inflators.
While Nissan will be continually contacting owners whose cars have Takata airbags with the Alpha inflator, this move will allow the airbags to be found and replaced quicker under Nissans commitment to have every recalled airbag accounted for by 2020.
Nissan is also working with All Auto Recalls and the Auto Recyclers Association of Australia, whose responsibility is to recover recalled inflators from auto recycling and salvage businesses across the nation.
“Nissan, like everyone in the industry, is doing everything it can to contact owners and replace recalled Takata airbags,” said Nissan Australia managing director, Stephen Lester.
“Replacing every recalled airbag is critically important, but Alpha bags are the priority and Lube Mobile has the ability to go out directly to wherever the car is garaged, making it a fast and convenient procedure for the owner.
“But we also need to locate airbags in cars no longer on the road, which is the service that All Auto Recalls and the Auto Recyclers Association of Australia provide.
“Nissan is committed to replacing every airbag as soon as possible, but we also need owners to respond to our communications and book cars in.”
The Takata airbag recall was initiated by Takata Corporation in Japan after it was found that inflator components within the airbag could deteriorate and subsequently misdeploy in an incident, causing metal fragments to propel out of the airbag.
A global recall, in February 2018 the Australian Federal Government, in consultation with the ACCC, announced that it was now a compulsory recall, requiring all manufacturers to adhere to strict airbag replacement rules and regulations.
Since the start of July 2018, more than 300,000 letters, 150,000 emails and 150,000 text messages have been sent out to Nissan owners resulting in more than 80,000 airbags being replaced. However there are still currently more than 175,000 Nissan vehicles subject to active recalls nationally that have not been presented for repair.
In late July 2018 the automotive industry launched the “Don’t Die Wondering” campaign which directs car owners to the https://www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au/ website in a joint effort urging motorists to check the status of their airbags and book them in for repair.
Vehicle owners simply need to enter the registration of their vehicle and the State that it is registered in to immediately find out if their vehicle has recalled airbags fitted. Alternatively, they can text the word “Takata” to 0487 AIRBAG (0487 247 224) for further advice.
For more information on Nissan and the Takata recall go to: http://www.nissan.com.au/takata or contact your local Nissan Dealership to book your car in for a free of charge airbag replacement.