Monday, 03 August 2020 10:42

ACCC warns over 150,000 vehicles with faulty Takata airbags still in use

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About 155,000 vehicles with defective Takata airbags are still running on Australian roads, the Australian Completion and Consumer Commission has warned, adding that there are only six months left for the manufacturers to complete the recall of these automobiles.

The recall was ordered as far back as 2009 with a shade over three million vehicles in Australia from 60 makes affected, including Honda, Toyota, BMW, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Lexus, Jeep, Nissan, Chrysler, and Dodge.

The consumer watchdog said on Friday about 180,000 airbags — 4.4% of the total to be recalled — were yet to be replaced in 155,000 vehicles which make up 5.1 of the automobiles affected.

“These airbags are extremely dangerous and have the potential to misdeploy, sending sharp metal fragments into the vehicle cabin at high speed, with the potential to kill or seriously injure the occupants,” ACCC deputy chairwoman Delia Rickard said.

“It is essential that you do not ignore or delay responding to notices about the recalls from your manufacturer. If your vehicle is under active recall, please act now to arrange for a free replacement.”

The ACCC said more than 6000 of these vehicles were in such a dangerous condition that they should not be driven at all.

It said: "These vehicles contain the highest risk ‘critical’ airbags, and states and territories will be de-registering them to take them off our roads. Some states and territories are also preventing re-registration of unregistered vehicles unless there is evidence that the affected airbag has been replaced."

Added Rickard: “If your vehicle contains a ‘critical’ airbag, you should stop driving it immediately and contact the manufacturer to arrange for it to be towed or a technician to be sent to you so the airbag can be replaced.

“There are only six months left for manufacturers to meet their replacement obligations, and while the compulsory recall is progressing well, it is important to get these remaining deadly airbags off our roads.”


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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