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VIA releases recall update

Following the announcement of the mandatory recall on Takata alpha-type airbags, VIA, (the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association), are aware that some traders will be holding stock affected by this issue.

From 31 May, any vehicle fitted a Takata alpha-type airbag inflator may not be sold in trade without having been reworked, including trade-ins.

Key points:

  • VIA is working closely with the MIA and manufacturers’ agencies here in New Zealand, to establish the correct pathways for repair and recertification.
  • We will also meet with officials from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) next week so that we can clarify with dealers their legal responsibilities and the timeframes that will apply.
  • We aim to be able to advise dealers and offer a range of options by the end of next week (Friday 11 May 2018).
  • In the meantime, recall information on individual vehicles, by chassis number, can be found using the JASPA online search tool.

Note: To view this page in English, open the above link in the Google Chrome browser, then right-click anywhere on the page and select ‘Translate to English’.

VIA will continue to communicate all developments to our members as they arise.

For any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email technical@via.org.nz.

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Latest update on recall

VIA, (the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association), has released the latest update on the mandatory Takata alpha-type airbag recall that will come into effect on 31 May 2018.

From this date, no vehicle fitted a Takata alpha-type airbag inflator may be sold in trade without having been reworked, including trade-ins.

Also from 31 May, newly imported vehicles with alpha-type airbag inflators that have not been reworked will be “prohibited imports” and subject to seizure by New Zealand Customs. 

Key updates:

  • Discussions are ongoing between VIA, representing NZ’s used vehicle industry, and the MIA and NZ’s new vehicle distributors, on how recalls of vehicles already in the fleet will be completed.
  • Our shared objective is a smooth and efficient experience for all affected New Zealand consumers.
  • Recall information on individual vehicles, by chassis number, can be found using the JASPA online search tool

 NZTA is currently working to provide access to this JASPA information via their RightCar website. NZTA’s current most up-to-date lists of vehicles subject to the recall are available here:  

Vehicles under mandatory recall (Takata alpha-type inflator)
Vehicles still under wider (voluntary) recall (other types of Takata inflator)
 
VIA will continue to communicate all developments to our members as they arise.

For any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email technical@via.org.nz.

*Note: To view this page in English, open the above link in the Google Chrome browser, then right-click anywhere on the page and select ‘Translate to English’.

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Incoming stock surge

Ports of Auckland

VIA, (the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association), wants to remind the auto industry to work together to ease port congestion at Ports of Auckland.

The monthly total of cars into Auckland for April was around 30,000, with the same or more expected for the month of May. This surge in stock means that wharves are still considerably pressured.

To avoid demurrage (currently $60 per car, per day), vehicles ideally need to be moved from the port seven days a week, Monday through to Sunday.

VIA ask that compliance shops work with transport companies to ensure that transporters have access to deliver vehicles from the port into safe storage. This is simply to avoid port congestion and should not place undue pressure on the compliance KSDPs.

For any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email technical@via.org.nz. 

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VIA’s upcoming AGMs

VIA, (the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association), has released details of its upcoming general meetings.

The Annual General Meetings for VIA, and its North and South Island Branches, will be held as follows:

North Island AGM: Tuesday 29 May 2018
South Island AGM: Wednesday 30 May 2018
National AGM: Wednesday 30 May 2018

All members are entitled to raise proposals or items of business they wish to have considered by the Annual General Meetings.

Rule 11.4 provides that members submit such proposals to the Branch Secretary at least 14 days before the date fixed for the Annual General Meeting.

If you have any items you wish to raise, please mail, email or fax to:

The Branch Secretary
[For North Island] [For South Island]
PO Box 14 143 PO Box 79 071
Panmure 1741 Christchurch 8446
Email: bev@via.co.nz Email: alistair@brlaccountants.co.nz
AUCKLAND CHRISTCHURCH

Notices regarding venue, times, Agenda, Minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting and the Chief Executive Officer’s Annual Report will be made available on the website on Tuesday 22 May 2018.

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VIA’s ANZAC day reminder

VIA, the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association, has sent out a reminder that this Wednesday, 25 April, is Anzac Day.

By law, you are not permitted to trade before 1 pm.

You may trade from 1 pm onwards, but any staff you have working on that day must be paid at a minimum of time and a half, and receive a paid day off in lieu.

Read more details on public holiday trading hours and employee entitlements.

If you have any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email technical@via.org.nz.

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Airbag recall responsibilities for traders

If you are a potential supplier of affected vehicles subject to the compulsory recall, it is important that you are aware of the recall order requirements, and what it means for you and your business.

From 31 May 2018, no vehicle fitted a Takata alpha-type airbag inflator may be sold in trade without having been reworked, including trade-ins.

The current most up-to-date lists of vehicles subject to the recall are available on the Government’s RightCar website:

Vehicles under mandatory recall (Takata alpha-type inflator)
Vehicles still under wider (voluntary) recall (other types of Takata inflator)

Please note: the current wider voluntary recall on other types of Takata airbag inflators may be made compulsory in the future.

VIA is currently negotiating with the MIA and NZ’s new vehicle distributors, on behalf of NZ’s used vehicle industry as a whole, on how to execute the reworking of vehicles already in service, and what the terms of this will be.

In cases where a used imported vehicle has been on-sold one or more times, the importer (as recorded by NZTA) is currently identified under NZ law as the “manufacturer” immediately responsible for ensuring that all recall requirements for the vehicle are met.

VIA will be clarifying these terms in relation to consolidated freight services, which bring in vehicles on behalf of multiple individual importers.

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VIA releases latest update on Takata recall

A technician holds a recalled Takata airbag inflator.

From 31 May onwards, vehicles with alpha-type airbags that have not been reworked will be “prohibited imports” and subject to seizure by New Zealand Customs.

Importers are urged to complete due diligence when purchasing in Japan and other source markets, to ensure that all recalls have been closed out prior to de-registration.

The inspection agencies are now working on systems to identify vehicles subject to recall, and which have been reworked, before they are certified for export.

According to VIA, it is likely that NZTA will soon require the inspection agencies to enforce section 6.4 of the Land Transport Rule Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002 as now covering safety-related recalls.

The rule states, in part, that: “A vehicle may be certified … only if a vehicle inspector or inspecting organisation has identified the vehicle and has determined, on reasonable grounds, that it is safe to be operated … [taking into account] additional relevant information of which the inspector is aware …. about the vehicle issued by a manufacturer, modifier, repairer or other relevant person.”

Click here for the full text of section 6.4.

For any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email technical@via.org.nz.

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Heat treatment highly likely

Davin Vinsen, chief executive of VIA

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is likely to insist on heat treatment being used with the aim of not just killing brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSBS), but all insects.

The treatment already used on some vehicles arriving in New Zealand from Japan over the past month will probably be reintroduced when the stink-bug season starts again in September this year and could even become a mainstay of the MPI’s inspection / treatment process into the longer-term future.

David Vinsen, chief executive of VIA (the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association), told Autofile: “This biosecurity issue – even though costly and disruptive across all of the supply chain – has resulted in some positives. For example, there has been fantastic co-operation between the government, and its agencies, and the industry.”

“Due to our “just in time” supply chain this bio security incursion has significantly affected us and this is one time that having an efficient system has not helped us, and we’ll be further stretched this month with 30,000 units arriving in Auckland.”

Vinsen adds: “It’s highly likely the MPI will insist on heat treatment for future bug seasons at least, and there’s some potential for this to become permanent. What this means for the industry is that border costs will increase and fees are bound to rise for all imported vehicles.

“Biosecurity remains the number-one priority with research, treatments and inspections needing to be funded. On top of this, importers are now required to diligently check all recalls (including for Takata airbags). We expect that costs will increase for inspection companies in Japan and they will have no option but to pass those on.”

VIA, in an email alert to members, advises recent changes to shipping schedules have led to vessels discharging large numbers of used cars with this month’s aggregate of around 30,000 being the largest ever. 

Its urging all businesses to assist by making sure all documentation is in order, compliance centres are open, and receiving yards and transport companies are aware of shipments.

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Vehicle stock influx for April

VIA, the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association, have just announced an influx of imported vehicles are being discharged in Auckland. 

Recent changes to shipping schedules due to the stink bug outbreak have led to vessels discharging very large numbers of used cars.

The monthly total of cars into Auckland for April will be around 30,000, which will be the largest ever.

These cars will be urgently needed by importers, and wharf space in April will be considerably pressured.

Vehicles will need to be moved off the port seven days a week, Monday through Sunday, for demurrage to be avoided.

Demurrage is currently $60 per car per day. For most importers that means that compliance centres are going to have to work seven days a week, or large costs will be incurred.

VIA urge all businesses to assist by making sure that all documentation is in order, compliance centres are open, receiving yards and transport companies are aware of shipments, and that they all have everything they need.

Importers: Please ensure that your compliance shops understand the importance and urgency of this request.

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VIA announces additional rules

A technician holds a recalled Takata airbag inflator.

As advised last week, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs has announced a mandatory recall for at-risk (alpha type) Takata airbag inflators.

As well as recalling all affected vehicles currently in service, after a grace period of 40 business days (or eight weeks), no affected new or used vehicles will be able to enter into New Zealand if they have not been reworked.

As with the first phase for in-service vehicles, VIA is already working with the Government-accredited inspection agencies on the export side to develop processes for achieving this.

The inspection agencies are now working on systems to identify vehicles subject to recall, and which have been reworked, before they are approved for export.

Vehicles with alpha-type airbags that have not been reworked will be “prohibited imports” and subject to seizure by New Zealand Customs.

VIA will continue to communicate all developments to our members as they arise.

For any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email technical@via.org.nz.

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VIA working with the MIA on airbag recall

Minister of Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi has now announced a mandatory recall for at-risk (alpha type) Takata airbag inflators.

VIA, the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association, is now working with the new vehicle distributors and their association, the MIA, to develop processes and protocols for managing this recall.

VIA will meet with the MIA and new vehicle distributors on Wednesday 11 April, to agree the process and terms for managing replacement of recalled airbags in used imports. 

Both groups will then convene with MBIE’s working group on Thursday 12 April, so that the proposed measures can be approved by the Government.

According to current data, there are 68,116 imported used vehicles with the alpha type inflator in New Zealand. While 22,494 vehicles have had the inflator replaced, another 45,622 are still to be completed.

VIA will continue to communicate all developments to our members as they arise.

For any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email technical@via.org.nz.

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