"Unfortunately there's been one death, and one case of serious injury in Australia as a result of the deployment of these airbags, and the government just doesn't want to see any more".
Assistant minister Sukkar issued the recall based on evidence provided by the ACCC, because it appeared to him that a reasonably foreseeable use of vehicles with defective Takata airbags may cause injury to drivers and/or passengers.
The shards have been known to puncture eyes, faces, necks and chests.
It comes following a voluntary recall made by a number of auto manufacturers including BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volvo and Hino Trucks a year ago.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has ordered these manufacturers to provide a list of Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) of the 875,000 additional affected vehicles by April 3.
Worldwide, the Takata airbag recall is the largest in automotive history, affecting roughly 100 million vehicles.
In his announcement, Sukkar said the previous voluntary recall has not been satisfactory overall.
"The compulsory recall will force manufacturers, dealers, importers and other suppliers to ensure that all unsafe Takata air bags are located and replaced as quickly as possible", he said.
Kiwis with a faulty brand of airbag in their vehicles are being urged to get them replaced immediately.
The Turnbull Government is set to order the massive recall for the defective Takata Airbags.
Sukkar said the Alpha airbags presented a "serious and immediate risk" to owners.
Speaking at the same news conference, the commission's chairman Rod Sims stressed that not all Takata air bags are risky "right now".
"But that's unclear, there were over 90,000 so we've got a lot of them out".
Here's part of list, featuring cars on the previous voluntary recall, published by Choice a year ago.
Currently, about 89,000 alpha airbags have been replaced and 25,000 are yet to be replaced. "There's a problem in the design", Mr Sims said.
If you live in a hot and humid area - like the Northern Territory or Far North Queensland - your airbag will be given priority.
Generally speaking, under this compulsory recall, a supplier is the company who manufactured the vehicle and a dealer is where you bought it.
"Don't take it in once for the driver's airbag and once for the passenger's airbag, do it all at once".
Here's how you can check if you vehicle is affected by the recall. "They are obliged to come out and fix it".
"The sad thing about this is that this has been waiting in the wings for months and months", a spokesperson with Australia's Labor consumer affairs office told the Australian A.P. In the USA, the 69 million recalled inflators represents the largest automotive recall in the country's history.
- An earlier voluntary recall process was deemed ineffective.