More than 20,700 ACT vehicles still have potentially deadly Takata airbags

Lachlan Roberts 14 December 2018 13

20,721 vehicles in the ACT are yet to have their Takata airbags replaced.

More than 20,700 vehicles in the ACT are yet to have their faulty and potentially deadly Takata airbags replaced, prompting a warning by the ACT Commissioner for Fair Trading to Canberrans travelling this festive season.

20,721 vehicles in the ACT are yet to have their Takata airbags replaced, with 174 of these vehicles containing the dangerous ‘Alpha’ subset of the Takata airbags, which poses the greatest risk to drivers and passengers.

Following a compulsory recall announced at the beginning of the year, Canberrans are being strongly encouraged to take the two minutes to check if their car is affected by the Takata faulty airbag recall.

ACT Commissioner for Fair Trading David Snowden said the Alpha airbags needed to be replaced as an absolute priority and Access Canberra had telephoned and written to car owners in relation to a particular type of airbag installed.

Mr Snowden pressed the community to check if their vehicle is affected and encourage their friends, family and colleagues to check if their vehicles were impacted.

“The fact there are still potentially 174 of these cars on our roads is concerning and I strongly urge those who own affected vehicles to re-consider using this vehicle until the airbags are replaced,” Mr Snowden said.

“Takata airbags were recalled due to the risk of their metal case rupturing, which can cause metal fragments being propelled towards the vehicle’s occupants, causing serious injury or death.

“This can occur even in low impact collisions and the airbags have been associated with over 250 serious injuries and 24 deaths globally.”

Canberrans are urged to check if they have airbags impacted by the recall and if necessary, contact the manufacturer who must organise a free replacement within three weeks of a request. Under the compulsory recall requirements, there is no cost to vehicle owners for the airbag replacement.

To check if your airbag is safe, click on this website and enter your vehicle’s number plate and state or territory. To find out more information, click here or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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13 Responses to More than 20,700 ACT vehicles still have potentially deadly Takata airbags
Stacey Durrell Stacey Durrell 11:09 am 15 Dec 18

All well and good but I can't get my daughter's replaced till end of 2019 🤬

Anna Zajkowski Anna Zajkowski 11:19 am 15 Dec 18

End of 2019??

    Stacey Durrell Stacey Durrell 11:20 am 15 Dec 18

    Yep Toyota 😥

    Anna Zajkowski Anna Zajkowski 1:25 pm 15 Dec 18

    Stacey Durrell have they at least given you the temporary solution?

    Stacey Durrell Stacey Durrell 2:27 pm 15 Dec 18

    Anna Zajkowski ..nope wasn't given any other option

    Anna Zajkowski Anna Zajkowski 3:20 pm 15 Dec 18

    Some are replacing with the faulty model as it apparently is ok for a few years and when they get stock they replace it

    Anna Zajkowski Anna Zajkowski 3:22 pm 15 Dec 18

    Anna Zajkowski Anna Zajkowski 3:23 pm 15 Dec 18

    see the bit in the article which says age is the issue

Bill Jackson Bill Jackson 8:30 pm 15 Dec 18

Should be required for rego renewal.

    Michael Strand Michael Strand 6:28 am 16 Dec 18

    That won't help, the manufacturers don't have the stock yet to do it. The advice for my car is not to drive it but Holden won't be replacing the airbag until next year sometime, no date given.

    Bill Jackson Bill Jackson 7:55 am 16 Dec 18

    Michael Strand I had like with like in my Subaru but have to wait for a proper replacement. Was surprised though that I could re-register the car in NSW. Everything else included in the roadworthy but not this thing that can kill.

Jo Madsen Jo Madsen 9:43 am 16 Dec 18

Hmmm, my first letter informing me of my Nissan xtrail having the faulty bag arrived about 2 months ago, it said they would be in touch again to organise the replacement. Letter came last week, I had two options for service centres to replace and the earliest appointment is mid January.

    Lin Van Oevelen Lin Van Oevelen 9:48 am 16 Dec 18

    Apparently it has something to do with the age and type of the airbag, which is why some are getting letters later. I checked mine and it will only be recalled from January. There is presumably no risk involved until then and you'd assume that they allow enough time to get it replaced with minimum risk.

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