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Alex Rae | Sep, 11 2018 | 0 Comments

South Australia is leading state road authorities by banning cars from re-registration if they are affected by certain faulty Takata airbags.

The ban will come into effect from 1 November 2018 when owners will be given 30 days to provide evidence that the car has been repaired - for free under a national recall process - by an authorised workshop. The measure comes days after a Coroner's inquest has heard that a man killed in Sydney by an affected airbag may have avoided death had the repair allegedly not been delayed from its original date.

It is the first time a state authority has moved to ban registration of vehicles affected by the most dangerous Alpha-style inflator unit that has been responsible for 24 deaths around the world.

The announcement from the South Australian Registrar of Motor Vehicles also sparked renewed calls by the ACCC and FCAI for other states to follow suit.

“We can only do so much, and state and territory governments have a significant role to play. We know that elsewhere, such as in Japan, there has been a similar tough response through refusing vehicle registration to affected vehicles,” said FCAI chief executive Tony Weber.

“What is needed now is for all other state and territories to immediately follow the SA example.”

Almost 2 million Australian vehicles are affected by faulty Takata airbags and under an unprecedented move taken by the ACCC earlier this year it initiated Australia’s largest automotive recall in history, giving manufacturers a deadline to have all affected vehicles fixed by December 31 2020.

A website has been set up that allows anyone to check if their vehicle is affected at www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au

Almost 20,000 vehicles contain the more dangerous Alpha-style inflator and pose the greatest risk, with owners of the vehicles told not to drive them and have the unit replaced under the recall immediately.

There are 679 vehicles registered in South Australia that are still affected by Alpha inflators, and it is only these vehicles that will be marked as un-registerable until the owner provides proof the unit has been replaced.

Nationally, dealerships are not allowed to sell vehicles that have not had the units replaced but private sales can still occur.

“The South Australian Registrar of Motor Vehicles has determined vehicles fitted with defective Takata Alpha type airbag inflators pose an immediate safety risk and is taking action to remove these vehicles from the road network until rectified,” the South Australian RMV said in its media release.

“The ACCC will be collating data from vehicle manufacturers on the recall status of affected vehicles by Vehicle Identification Number and providing this to the South Australian Registrar. This will include data on Alpha vehicles that are outstanding for repair and where the vehicle owner has received multiple recall notification attempts by the vehicle manufacturer asking the consumer to contact them for repair.”

Owners will be given 30 days to provide evidence that the airbag has been repaired and the Registrar says it will contact them before 1 November.

Australian vehicles affected by Alpha airbags are Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mazda and Lexus models from 2001-2004. Owners of these vehicles are urged to check their vehicle’s status at www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au

The FCAI says there is a 50 per cent chance an Alpha-style airbag will deploy incorrectly, putting the occupant at risk of injury or death.

Australia’s only known fatality so far from an Alpha unit occurred last year when the Takata Alpha inflator of a Honda CR-V deployed during an accident and projected a metal fragment into the head of a Sydney man. Honda says it sent numerous letters to the owner to have the car repaired prior to the accident.

Details emerging from the NSW Coroner’s Court late last week, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, reveal the man and his wife - who the car was registered to – did not use English as their first language. The court further heard that the car had in fact been booked to have the inflator replaced two days prior to the incident but was delayed.

“The court heard the inquest will examine why the airbag wasn't replaced as originally scheduled on July 11 [the incident occurred on July 13]. The booking was pushed back to a date in October,” says the report. The inquest is on-going.

To check if your vehicle is affected by a faulty airbag visit www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au, replacement is provided free of charge.

 
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