Vehicle Recalls

The Australian Government regulates the manufacture, importation and first supply to the market of road vehicles to ensure an acceptable level of safety, emission control and anti-theft protection across the Australian vehicle fleet. The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (the Department) administers these arrangements under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (the Act) and Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989 (the Regulations).

The Department also assists the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in considering vehicle safety concerns, and providing specialist technical advice regarding vehicle safety matters.

The Department considers reports about vehicles with potential safety issues that will or may cause injury within the terms of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, or that may not be compliant with the Australian Design Rules or other legislative requirements of the Act and the Regulations.

If a safety or ADR non-compliance issue is identified in a vehicle it may be subject to a recall. To find out if a vehicle is subject to a recall please refer to the recalls section Product Safety Australia website.

The ACCC has developed guidance material to assist consumers. See one of the following links for further information:

According to the above guide a product or service may be recalled if it:

  • may cause injury
  • does not comply with a mandatory standard

Evidence must exist to show one or more of the issues outlined above are applicable and the defect must be common to a number of vehicles or products.

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Last Updated: 10 December, 2019