De­fect no­tices for ig­nor­ing airbag re­calls

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - RICHARD BLACK­BURN

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.

Photo: ANCAP

DEADLY: Faulty airbags are still in cir­cu­la­tion on Aus­tralian roads.

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