Motorists across ditch urged to find out if their car has a faulty inflator.
Owners of vehicles with alpha-type airbags will have a shock next year.
Regional stats show scale of airbag issue in communities.
The NZTA is prohibiting vehicles with any outstanding Takata recalls.
Compliance changes take effect from 1 November.
Australian website used to help with the Takata recall has clocked up 1.2m responses.
Australians are being urged to check if their vehicles are fitted with faulty Takata airbag inflators.
US agency wants car manufacturers to speed up Takata airbag recalls.