Drivers face registration cancellation for vehicles with deadly Takata airbags

ACT drivers who have not replaced dangerous Takata airbags can now expect to have their car registration suspended or cancelled from next month.

Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury said since the compulsory Takata airbag recall was announced in 2018, over 71,000 Takata airbags have been replaced in the ACT.

However, more than 1,200 vehicles with dangerous airbags remain in the ACT, including 354 of the most critical types.

“From 6 April, Access Canberra will begin the process of suspending and cancelling the registrations of the 354 vehicles with the Alpha and critical non-alpha type Takata airbags,” Minister Rattenbury said.

“These vehicle owners have received repeated notifications and warnings from vehicle manufacturers and Access Canberra. If they do not take action, the Government will have to take these cars off the road for the safety of the community.

“The risk of harm is very real. There have been more than 330 injuries and 30 deaths worldwide, including one death and three injuries in Australia because of these airbags.”

Owners of the most critical bags have received two warnings from the ACT Government since the beginning of the year, flagging upcoming suspension or cancellation if the airbags are not replaced.

Owners of the Beta airbags have also received alert notices to take action replacing their airbags.

“By getting your airbag replaced, you’re reducing the number of dangerous airbags on our roads and keeping yourself and your family safe,” Minister Rattenbury said.

“Ahead of this long weekend, I urge anyone who hasn’t already checked their vehicle to take five minutes to check their vehicle now for their own safety.

“Takata airbag replacement is free. Just contact your manufacturer’s dealer for an airbag replacement.”

Drivers who are unsure if their airbag is affected by the compulsory recall can search their vehicle at ismyairbagsafe.com.au or download an ACCC factsheet with a list of affected vehicles at www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls/recall-of-takata-nadi-5-at-airbags.

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