Motorists urged to check for deadly Takata airbags during COVID-19

Motorists have been urged to check their cars for the deadly Takata airbags with nearly 200,000 vehicles fitted with the airbags still driving on Aussie roads.

Motorists urged to check for deadly Takata airbags during COVID-19

Motorists have been urged to check their cars for the deadly Takata airbags with nearly 200,000 vehicles fitted with the airbags still driving on Aussie roads.

More than 8000 of the cars with Takata airbags installed are considered so dangerous they should not be driven at all, according to the latest ACCC figures on the compulsory recall of the product.

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In addition, a significant number of vehicles fitted with the faulty Takata NADI airbag are yet to be remedied. These vehicles, are considered so dangerous that manufacturers are offering to buy back the vehicles or to provide a loan vehicle until replacement parts are available.

The ACCC is urging people not to forget about the dangers of the airbags amid the pandemic and to ensure they check their vehicles as soon as possible.

"Even during this pandemic, replacing faulty airbags is an essential and potentially life-saving task, especially as vehicles are may be being used by essential workers and care-givers," ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

"It will also be more important than ever that as more people start to use their cars again, they check that their airbags are safe. Affected Takata airbags can misdeploy and send sharp metal fragments into the vehicle at high speed, and cause serious injury or death to its occupants."

Globally there have been 29 deaths and over 320 serious injuries reported, including one death and one serious injury in Australia relating to airbags affected by the compulsory recall.

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Over four million airbags in more than three million vehicles in Australia were originally affected by the Takata compulsory recall due to these potentially deadly airbags.

More than 88 per cent of airbags have now been rectified, and about six per cent have been reported by suppliers as written-off, stolen, unregistered, exported or modified and unable to be replaced.

The ACCC said they are aware of the impact COVID-19 is having on businesses however dealerships are still able to provide the services outlined in the recall notices.

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