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Education campaign on Takata airbags gains momentum

Thursday 17-May-2018 09:00

Northern Territory Police continue to ask drivers if they are aware of the compulsory recall of Takata airbags.

Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Ordelman from Territory Major Crash Investigations said police are concerned many vehicles on Top End roads still have the faulty airbags installed.

“According to one manufacturer there are 459 vehicles in the Northern Territory yet to replace their airbags.

“Honda Australia said the majority of these vehicles are in the Top End where heat and humidity are known contributors to these airbags failing.

“There are sixteen vehicle manufactures involved in the compulsory recall.”

Detective Senior Sergeant Ordelman said nationally there are approximately 2.7 million vehicles that have not complied with the recall.

“If you knew the airbag a few centimetres from your head had the capability to kill or permanently injure you I don’t believe you would voluntarily continue to drive that vehicle.

“In the incident involving a faulty airbag in Darwin in April 2017, the crash that set the airbag off was very minor. The injuries were not.

“It takes a few hours to replace the airbags and the process is completely free.

“For your own safety and the safety of your passengers please check if your vehicle is on the recall list.”

If you are unsure about your vehicle you can check here:

https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls/compulsory-takata-airbag-recall/takata-airbag-recalls-list