Get airbags fixed or have rego cancelled
Motorists planning on ignoring the Takata airbag recall could have their registration cancelled.
That’s the warning from Queensland’s Transport Department after it was revealed over 325,000 vehicles in the state are yet to be returned to dealers for repair.
Around 2500 of those vehicles are said to be fitted with alpha airbags (an older version) which are considered even more dangerous.
Alpha airbags are warned to be especially dangerous when operated in areas of high humidity and can explode during a crash, causing a potentially deadly scenario for vehicle occupants by sending shrapnel into occupants.
These airbags were fitted between 2001 and 2004 in certain Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mazda and Lexus models.
QLD Transport and Main Roads (TMR) says it will begin “issuing Defect Notices and potentially cancelling the vehicle registrations of vehicle owners who have not yet replaced the defective alpha airbags despite numerous attempts by manufacturers to ensure this action is completed”.
A compulsory recall was issued by the Federal Government in February, affecting over 2.7 million Aussie vehicles. Since the nation-wide recall, around 1.3 million vehicles have had their airbags replaced.
The ACCC will reportedly compile a list of vehicles with airbags that are yet to be repaired and owners will receive a defect notice, given 21 days to act.
Motorists can use the free website: www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au to check if their vehicle is affected by the recall.