Takata recall

19 March 2021

Remaining motorists risk regos

If you can believe it, there are still some Australian motorists yet to check the Takata recall status of their vehicle despite the formal recall concluding at the end of 2020. Not to mention the 32 tragic deaths worldwide and 350-plus injured so far by faulty airbags.

But it seems now that those motorists dragging their feet may have their safety taken into government hands.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has advised that state and territory governments will begin to implement registration sanctions in cases where motorists have ignored manufacturer recall communications. Let’s be honest, unless on purpose, it would have been difficult to miss the alerts – with messages having been distributed far and wide in order to reach vulnerable drivers.

This move by authorities means a motorist will be unable to legally use their vehicle on public roads and could risk their insurance policy if they continue to do so.

Additionally, ownership transfers may be denied unless faulty airbags have been replaced.

99.9 percent of the 3.06 million vehicles recalled have been rectified – we are nearly there. So, if you haven’t already, check you aren’t one of the last remaining few. As an industry, we are here to help keep motorists on the road and safe. Part of that means spreading the word and getting those outstanding vehicles to dealerships before state and territory governments cancel or refuse to renew registrations.

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Words: VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym. As featured in the Herald Sun 19 March 2021.

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