Another Reminder To Drivers To Get Their Airbags Replaced

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1 August 2018

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Motorists are again being reminded to get their airbags replaced, after a review found 1.8 million of the faulty devises are still in cars on Australian roads.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says while 1.1 million faulty Takata airbags have been replaced in about 930,000 vehicles since the recall began in early 2017, another 1.8 million remain in place.

They’re again warning people to check their airbags – particularly as the bags can degrade over time.

If malfunctioning, the faulty airbags can become lethal by misdeploying and firing metal shards at anyone in the car.

"Don't ignore or delay responding to a letter or call from your car's manufacturer asking you to have your airbag replaced," ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said in a statement on Thursday.

The ACCC estimates that the most dangerous type of airbags, known as "alpha" airbags, were fitted to about 115,000 cars and that 19,500 of those are still potentially on the roads.

Ms Rickard said the alpha airbags need to be replaced urgently, and that anyone with a car fitted with the device should not drive them until they've been fixed.

The recall affects a variety of car models including those made by Toyota, Subaru, Honda and Nissan.

Motorists can find out if their airbags need replacing by logging on to www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au or texting 0427 AIRBAG.

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