Airbag recall: 2.8 million airbags have been swapped in 1.9 million vehicles

Posted: 6 February 2019 3:35 am

But 912,000 airbags still need replacing.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released an update for the ongoing Takata airbag recall showing that 2.8 million airbags have been swapped in 1.9 million vehicles. However, a further 912,000 vehicles are still on the road with the faulty airbag inflators.

The ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said now was no time for manufacturers or motorists to pat themselves on the back. Rickard also urged drivers to take heed of any warnings they received:

"If you receive a letter or call from your car's manufacturer, don't delay or ignore it," Rickard said in a statement.

You can also check your vehicle using the IsMyAirbagSafe website.

Affected vehicles statistics

Car makers submitted the above figures at the end of last year. New South Wales vehicle technicians have rectified the most airbags, while the Premier state also lays claim to the highest number of alpha airbags.

Vehicles in the Other category number 490,091. Manufacturers are working to determine the location of these models.

Alpha airbag models pose highest risk

Vehicle producers continue to prioritise the batch of "alpha" airbags. These pose the biggest risk and figures reveal there are still approximately 7,800 of these on the roads. The ACCC recommends drivers with these particular airbags refrain from using their car until fixed. Manufacturers will arrange for a representative to make their way to you.

Possible legal ramifications for alpha airbag vehicles

Drivers with affected vehicles must contact their car maker immediately. Car insurers previously warned about possible legal issues for affected models.

Rickard added that state and territory authorities "are progressing registration sanctions for any consumers who are not replacing the dangerous alpha airbags".

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