Suspending faulty airbag rego will protect road users

The State’s peak motoring body has thrown its support behind the plan to cancel the registrations of vehicles fitted with deadly Alpha series Takata airbags if owners continued to ignore the recall.

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The Courier Mail reported the Department of Transport and Main Roads would start cancelling the registration of thousands of vehicles, which have not had the airbags replaced, within weeks.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said car owners have had plenty of warning since the recall was announced.

“It’s frustrating some owners haven’t taken these warnings seriously and haven’t had the necessary, and free, recall work done,” Mr Spalding said.

“If we can’t rely on car owners to protect themselves, then the State needs to step in. It’s not just about the car owner’s safety, these cars could be used as ride share vehicles or could be resold on to an unsuspecting buyer. There are just too many lives at stake.

“The Alpha airbags in particular are very dangerous as they can explode and eject metal shrapnel rather than inflate in a crash to protect the occupant as intended. These airbags have already killed people, there’s no excuse, just get them fixed.”

Mr Spalding said drivers could check if their vehicle was impacted by the recall online.