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How to keep yourself safe with a growing number of car safety recalls

The Australian automotive industry has faced several urgent recalls this year. The ongoing Takata faulty airbag system, Honda’s faulty fuel pump system and Volvo’s defective seat belt systems are just some of the most recent urgent recalls.

As safety standards get more stringent, it’s so important you check that a vehicle is safety compliant before purchasing.

In the last year, over 2.5 million affected vehicles had been restored and repaired to meet Australian safety standards. However, based on data from FCAI (Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries), there are still over 200,000 cars with serious safety defects on Australian roads that pose a risk to drivers, passengers and pedestrians. 

What are the latest safety system defects?

This year we have seen three serious safety faults reported. Shop for Cars has put together a list of the latest safety recalls that Australian Motorists need to be aware of. 

You can also keep on top of ongoing safety standards on the product safety website here


In July 2020, Honda requested an urgent recall on eight different car models built between 2018 and 2019. Honda found a faulty pump system caused the car to stall and stop the motor from running. According to Honda, roughly 22,000 cars were affected.

Models affected are

  • 2018 Honda Accord
  • 2018 Honda Civic
  • 2018 Honda HR-V
  • 2018 Honda Civic Type R
  • 2018/2019 Honda CR-V
  • 2019 Honda Jazz
  • 2019 Honda NSX
  • 2019 Honda City

What to do if you have one of these models:

Honda will restore and fix the problem free of charge. If you own an affected model, contact your nearest Honda dealer as soon as possible.



In August 2020, Volvo also identified a serious issue with seat belts in 7 of their models. In this instance, the seatbelts failed to restrain passengers compliantly, which increases the risk of serious injury in the events of an accident. This issue has affected around 25,000 cars.

  • Volvo S60
  • Volvo S80
  • Volvo V60
  • Volvo V60 Cross Country
  • Volvo V70
  • Volvo XC60
  • Volvo XC70

What to do if you have one of these models:

If you own an affected model, you must contact your nearest Volvo dealer as soon as possible.


Takata airbag system:

FCAI has reported there are still almost 200,000 cars on Australian roads with the faulty Takata airbag system. These airbags have been recalled because they are in danger of releasing metal components once deployed or deploying too early with extreme force. 

How to check if you have a car with a faulty Takata system:

Car owners can check if their vehicle is under recall by entering the vehicle identification number (VIN) on ismyairbagsafe.com.au

What to do if you have one of these models:

Customers with the faulty Takata airbag system are advised to contact their local dealer to book in a free restoration. Dealers and customers have until December 31, 2020 to restore the car airbag recall issue or face penalties.


Why is it important to have a compliant safety system?

Road Safety is an ongoing issue worldwide. Safety systems are designed to protect you from harm if you are in an accident. Owners of vehicles with safety defects should report to their nearest dealer as soon as possible to minimise their risk of serious injury.


How to keep on top of Car safety recall?  

Motorists can enter their vehicle identification number (VIN) on the Product Safety Australia website or the manufacturer’s website to check whether a vehicle is under a recall.

If you have any concerns about your vehicle, please contact your closest vehicle manufacturer.

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