Last month the Australian Federal Government proposed a compulsory recall for all vehicles fitted with the potentially life-threatening inflators, following an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Faulty inflators are the root cause of the very big worldwide Takata airbag recall.
They've been added to the existing two-year-old voluntary recalls of vehicles from 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 risky Takata air bags are located and replaced as quickly as possible", he said.
If is it under active recall, contact a dealership or the vehicle manufacturer to arrange a replacement as soon as possible.
An investigation past year by Australian consumer rights group Choice found that in some cases, automakers used defective Takata airbags as temporary replacements for the ones already in the cars because of a lack of available parts.
About 2.7 million vehicles have been recalled voluntarily, and 1.7 million had their airbags replaced.
This is because in some cases, faulty Takata airbags were replaced with like-for-like, which only delayed the risk of the airbag exploding.
As at January 2018, the overall replacement rate for all voluntary recalls was only approximately 63% of the total number of affected vehicles in Australia.
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Around 140,000 New Zealanders were sent letters in September urging them to get the airbags replaced for free, however less than half are thought to have done so.
Another 450,000 airbags that were already replaced with a like-for-like replacement are also part of the compulsory recall.
In all, the Takata air bag inflator recall has been connected to more than 20 deaths around the world.
Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Michael Sukkar said the recall of 2.3 million vehicles was the "largest and most significant recall in the nation's history".
Priority will be given to vehicles at a higher risk.
Sims said the advice the ACCC gave to the government suggesting the compulsory recall came from an investigation in August previous year looking at how the voluntary program was progressing.
Here's part of list, featuring cars on the previous voluntary recall, published by Choice a year ago.
"All must be replaced by the end of 2020", he said.
There have been deaths related to the recall in the United States, Malaysia and Australia.