Northern Territory Police will begin targeting vehicles that have failed to respond the compulsory recall of Takata airbags.
Senior Sergeant Michael Ordelman from Territory Major Crash Investigations said motorists driving vehicles in the top end that still have these airbags fitted are gambling with their lives, Northern Territory Police say.
“Vehicles that have been exposed to hot and humid conditions are at an increased risk of an inflator rupture.
“Drivers and passengers involved in even minor crashes have been seriously injured and killed around the world due to these airbags.
“The Australian Government initiated a compulsory recall on 28 February this year that requires all suppliers of vehicles with defective Takata airbags to have them replaced.
“This replacement is free of charge for all vehicles that have these faulty airbags,” Senior Sergeant Ordelman said.
Nationally there are approximately 2.2 million vehicles that have not complied with the recall.
The number in the NT is estimated to be in excess of 10,000 vehicles.
NT Police will begin a targeted campaign warning drivers if their vehicle is subject to a recall.
“Following the education campaign we will be defecting these vehicles off the road. Manufacturers can assist if you are having trouble complying with the recall so there is no excuse not to get it done.
“It takes a few hours to replace the airbags, NT Police have seen what can happen when a faulty airbag deploys and we do not wish to see it again.”
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