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Over 250,000 cars with deadly airbags still on Australian roads

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There have been 29 deaths and over 320 serious injuries reported worldwide due to the faulty airbags, including one death and one serious injury in Australia.

Over a quarter of a million cars containing potentially lethal airbags are still being driven on Australian roads, new figures from the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) reveal.

Four million cars were subject to the mandatory recall of Takata airbags across Australia, which has been growing in scale to become the largest ever global car recall.

Figures released today show that while 3.56 million airbags have been replaced in 2.59 million vehicles Australia-wide, around 256,000 drivers have yet to take their vehicles in to have the potentially deadly flaw rectified.

It comes a week after Victoria's Road Safety Minister threatened to cancel the registration of cars whose owners failed to respond to the recall.

There have been 29 deaths and over 320 serious injuries reported worldwide, including one death and one serious injury in Australia

"We are now in the final year of the compulsory recall, but more than a quarter of a million dangerous vehicles remain on our roads," ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said in a statement.

"There is a risk these airbags may misdeploy, even in a minor accident, and send sharp metal fragments into the vehicle at high speed, causing serious injury or death to its occupants."

"These faulty airbags could be deadly, and if your vehicle is under active recall, you should act now to arrange for a free replacement," Ms Rickard said.

In July 2017, Huy Neng Ngo was killed in what otherwise would have been a relative minor car crash in Sydney's south-west when his Takata airbag malfunctioned, sending a "tube-like metal object" into his neck.


In a separate incident, a 21-year-old woman was seriously injured in the Northern Territory when a Takata airbag in a Toyota RAV4 malfunctioned.

The recall warning for 20,000 of the affected cars was upgraded to "critical" last October, meaning that the vehicles should not be driven at all.

More than 11,000 of these vehicles remain on the road.

"If your vehicle is listed as critical, please do not drive it. Contact your dealer to arrange for your vehicle to be towed to the place of repair so you do not have to drive it," Ms Rickard said.

Consumers can check if their vehicle is affected at or by texting 'TAKATA' to 0487 247 224.

Source: 9News

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