Is your car safe? More than 400 vehicles to have their registration cancelled over faulty airbags – after two Australians died behind the wheel
- More than 20,000 vehicles were found with faulty Takata airbags two years ago
- Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mazda and Lexus models impacted
- More than 400 vehicles are still on the road in Victoria despite mass recalls
- Drivers face having their vehicle’s registration suspended or cancelled
Victorian drivers who haven’t replaced their potentially deadly Takata airbags could have their registrations cancelled.
More than 400 registered vehicles in Victoria still have the defective Takata alpha airbags fitted, two years on from a compulsory national recall.
Road Safety Minister Jaala Pulford says car manufacturers have made repeated attempts to contact affected owners including by letter, phone, email and door knocking.
‘We still have more than 400 vehicle owners who have not responded to the recall order,’ she said in a statement on Tuesday.
At least 20,000 Australian drivers have been warned to stop driving their car ‘immediately’ due to faulty Takata airbags (pictured), which have already been recalled
Drivers could suffer from severe injuries and death if the airbag is deployed, even in a minor accident
‘We don’t want to suspend or cancel anybody’s registration, but we will do whatever is necessary to get these potentially deadly airbags off our roads.’
Letters will soon go out to owners of any car impacted by the 2018 national recall warning them that it is their last chance to act before facing registration sanctions.
More than 20,000 Australian drivers were told to stop driving their car immediately because of a faulty airbag that could potentially fire shrapnel.
Cars affected include certain Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mazda and Lexus models built between 2001 and 2004.
Ms Pulford said affected owners should contact their local authorised brand dealer immediately to organise a replacement airbag at no cost.
It is believed there have been 29 deaths and more than 320 injuries worldwide from faulty Takata alpha airbags.