Defect notices for ignoring airbag recalls
STATE transport authorities are about to get tough with people who refuse to have their car’s faulty Takata airbag fixed.
Vehicle registrations will be cancelled in Queensland for cars fitted with the most highrisk “alpha” airbags if owners continue to ignore repeated approaches by car companies, while in NSW, Roads and Maritime Services is now considering what actions it will take.
Alpha airbags have a one-in-two chance of spraying deadly shrapnel at the driver or passenger if deployed.
More than 20 people have been killed globally by the exploding airbags, while others have suffered horrific, disfiguring injuries.
About 12,000 of the airbags remain in circulation locally.
Car makers have gone to extreme lengths to contact owners, in some cases hiring private investigators to track down cars that have changed hands several times but some owners refuse to get their cars fixed.
The ACCC is expected to provide the first batch of registration numbers in coming weeks and a TMR spokesperson said defect notices would be sent out soon after.
“If a member of the community receives a defect notice, we strongly recommended they contact their local dealer/manufacturer immediately to have the vehicle repaired,” the spokesperson said.
“Failure to comply with the defect notice may result in cancellation of registration for the vehicle.”
An RMS spokesperson said the airbags did not come under its road worthiness rules.
“Roads and Maritime Services is responsible for ensuring vehicles comply with relevant safety standards and are roadworthy for use on NSW roads. Components such as airbags, which cannot be tested, are currently not part of roadworthy checks,” they said.
“Roads and Maritime is assisting vehicle manufacturers by providing up to date details of affected vehicle owners and will continue to work with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in the recall process,” the statement said.
DEADLY: Faulty airbags are still in circulation on Australian roads.