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Bags of airbags replaced in Australia

Editorial Staff

This is mind-numbing.

According to the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission, since the announcement of the recall of Takata airbags, in Australia alone they are being replaced at an average of 4,000 per day.

It's not enough, they say.

An ACCC statement says "Despite 80 percent of recalled Takata airbags in Australian vehicles having been replaced since July 2017, there are growing concerns that some communities are not getting the message. Since the ACCC’s recommendation for a compulsory recall began in March 2018, an average of almost 77,000 vehicles have had airbags replaced each month – or more than 4, 175 airbag replacements each and every business day."

But in rural areas, and amongst those from ethnic groups for which English is not a first language, the take-up is below the norm, ACCC's research shows.

As part of its approach to administering the recall, the ACCC has worked to raise awareness and educate consumers across a range of these communities about how to check if they are affected by the recall.

“We’ve met with key community organisations around Australia who have been very helpful in spreading the word about the importance of the recall and the need for vehicle owners to act,” ACCC Deputy Chairman Delia Rickard said.

The ACCC’s Indigenous Outreach Officers have also visited Indigenous communities in South Australia and Queensland to increase awareness about the recall in these communities. Many of these communities are also located in areas with high heat and humidity, which are known exacerbating factors for faulty Takata airbags.

“We’re urging all consumers, especially those from regional and rural areas and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, to check if their vehicle is affected, and help spread the word to their family and friends,” Rickard said.

“We also encourage children whose parents may not have strong written English skills, to help their parents check to make sure their car is not under recall.”

“If you know someone who you think may not be aware of the recall, tell them about it and offer to help them check their car. It takes less than a minute to go online and check on IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au http://www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au.”

“Please do not ignore or delay responding to recall notifications about the Takata airbag recall. If your vehicle is under active recall, you should act now to arrange a free replacement.”

Airbags are being replaced without charge to consumers despite the manufacturer, Takata, putting itself into liquidation.

A US law firm, Thomas J Henry, has compiled a list of US model cars that are subject to recall. It's a startlingly diverse list from salemen's hacks like the Saturn Astra to supercars like the McLaren MP4. The firm says that at least 22 people have died and hundreds injured due to "the exploding inflators."


The US Department of Transportation (sic) via its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) supports the Australian view saying "Tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths."