Tools for importers
How to avoid importing an affected vehicle from Japan
This page provides tools to help you identify vehicles offered at auction in Japan that cannot be imported into New Zealand unless supported by proof that outstanding recalls have been resolved - notably those fitted with Takata Alpha airbags.
- From 1st May 2018 Japanese recalled vehicles must have Takata Alpha airbags and some other Takata airbags repaired in order to pass inspection in Japan.
- From 31st May 2018, vehicles with outstanding recalls for these airbags cannot be imported into New Zealand.
These tools are based on recalls listed by the Japanese MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Toursim). You can either:
In practice you should only import affected vehicles if:
- they passed a Japanese "Shaken" test after 1st May 2018, or
- the suspect airbags have been removed prior to export from Japan
Where a vehicle is imported without airbags:
- You will be charged by the New Zealand distributor for supply and fitting of replacement airbags.
- Replacement airbags may only be available once distributors have processed all vehicles already subject to the compulsory New Zealand recall for Takata Alpha airbags.
Note that as the importer you are responsible for confirming all safety recalls have been resolved before a vehicle is exported to New Zealand.
Each chassis number should be on a new line. Don't use this lookup for VINs already in New Zealand.
What you need to do before exporting each vehicle depends on the results from this search:
Repeat the search with single chassis numbers to see the recall outcomes to be AVOIDed, then search the JASPAsite for the same chassis to see which recalls are outstanding. If any listed recall outcomes (eg "not fixed") are outstanding then the vehicle will be:
- damage flagged on export, and
- subject to forfeit on arrival in New Zealand.
As above, repeat the search for the chassis number, and then compare with the JASPAsite. If any listed recall outcomes (eg "not fixed") are outstanding then:
- get the recall resolved before the vehicle is exported, otherwise
- you will be responsible for costs of replacing the Takata airbags once the vehicle is in New Zealand.
- NO MATCH FOUND - either
- the vehicle is unaffected by Takata recalls as far as we can tell, or
- the chassis number has not been correctly entered.
This is the best information available to the Transport Agency at this time, and it may be expanded or amended at a later date.
For some makes the JASPA web site may not include information for deregistered vehicles. Instead you may be required to contact the manufacturer's call centre in Japan.