Queensland puts high-risk Takata airbag vehicles on notice

Minister for Transport and Main Roads The Honourable Mark Bailey

Notices will be sent to owners of about 3000 vehicles with faulty Takata airbags this month notifying them their registration will be cancelled.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said despite several warnings from Transport and Main Roads (TMR), some owners had not taken action to replace the dangerous airbags.

“If one of these airbags is deployed following a crash, sharp metal fragments can fly out and hit vehicle occupants, potentially injuring or killing them,” Mr Bailey said.

“We have been working with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission since 2018 to get 600,000 vehicles with these faulty airbags off Queensland roads.

“The initial focus from manufacturers and TMR was on the highest risk ‘alpha’ airbag vehicles.

“TMR completed action against these vehicles last year and cancelled registrations for a small number.”

Mr Bailey said if the vehicle registration was cancelled, the remaining portion of registration fees would be refunded.

“TMR is now taking action against the remaining Takata fleet, which is subject to the Federal Government’s compulsory recall,” he said.

“Vehicles owners who have so far failed to replace defective airbags have already been sent a courtesy letter and, if they do not have the airbag replaced, their registration will be cancelled next month.

“My message to those drivers is simple; you are not only putting your own life at risk, but you are also risking the lives of any passengers in your vehicle if you continue to drive with faulty airbags.

“That is why it is so important to have your airbag replaced.”

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