Recently the New Zealand Government and New Zealand Transport Agency have increased certain measures to disallow the Importation of Used Vehicles that are effected by the “Takata Airbag Recall”.

In order for New Zealand Customs to disallow the Importation of Vehicles affected by the Takata Airbag recall. New Import Regulations for Used Vehicles are being implemented and will come into effect on the 31st of May 2018.

  • From the 1st May 2018, Japanese recalled vehicles must have their "Alpha Model Takata Airbag” repaired in order to pass inspection in Japan. Quoted ""
  • From the 31st May 2018, vehicles with outstanding recalls for the "Alpha Model Takata Airbags” cannot be imported into New Zealand. Vehicles that have not completed the recall procedure in Japan can be Seized by New Zealand Customs on arrival. Quoted ""

As the above states. Any vehicle that is Imported into New Zealand after the 31st of May, with a Takata Alpha Airbag which hasn’t been Repaired, Replaced and Re certified is able to be Seized by New Zealand Customs upon arrival.

*Please Note* - All recalls for vehicles in New Zealand can be found here:

Other Links showing more information to Check for Recalled Vehicles is below:

For more links to airbag information and checks please lodge an enquiry with us.

If you choose to Ship a Vehicle to New Zealand that has not had the recall completed, the Importer will be subjected to Paying the Import Costs on Arrival (Ocean Freight and GST).

If you have any questions please contact your McCullough Shipping Representative and they can further elaborate on this issue in more detail for you.

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