The South Australian Government has ramped up its Takata airbag safety campaign, refusing to renew the registration of another batch of vehicles fitted with potentially deadly devices.
While most states and territories have bans on the registration renewal – and registration transfer – of vehicles equipped with a certain type of Takata airbag, the SA Government joins Queensland Government in expanding the range of cars affected by Australia's first compulsory recall.
The rego ban now comprises all 'critical' airbags, extending an order imposed in 2018 to restrict the registration of vehicles with the most dangerous 'Alpha' airbags.
Registration renewals will be denied unless the owners provide evidence the defective airbags have been replaced.
While all types of Takata airbags affected by the recall are deemed dangerous, they have been categorised in three ways according to their volatility: 'Alpha critical', 'Beta critical', and 'Beta non-critical'.
South Australia has now joined Queensland by imposing registration restrictions on all types of 'critical' airbags.
The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads has told CarAdvice 26 vehicles had their registrations cancelled in April 2020.
The South Australian Department for Infrastructure and Transport estimates there are about 300 vehicles still on the road with the dangerous airbags, which are known to have killed 30 people globally, with hundreds more seriously injured. At least two deaths have been attributed to Takata airbags in Australia.
From 10 August 2020, South Australian vehicle owners were given one calendar month to have their cars fixed for free, organised through dealerships. They will then be required to provide evidence to authorities showing the recall has been carried out before restrictions are imposed.
Officials will provide written warnings to owners, notifying them of the deadline. If no action is taken, restrictions will be placed against the vehicle, disallowing registration renewal.
The restriction can only be lifted by showing evidence of the recall having been performed on the car.
In January 2019, a group of car manufacturers called for the rego restrictions to include all vehicles fitted with 'critical' airbags.
A spokesperson from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) says there have been 2.68 million cars repaired under the recall, accounting for more than 85 per cent of all vehicles affected.
"We are grateful for the support of State Governments who have imposed registration sanctions on the faulty Alpha and critical airbags," the FCAI spokesperson told CarAdvice.
"However, we can definitely see value in said governments expanding this initiative to include non-Alpha and non-critical airbags to assist in the location and subsequent rectification of these vehicles."
It's estimated there are around 1000 vehicles still on the road in Victoria with the potentially deadly 'critical' airbags. VicRoads cancelled the registrations of 110 'Alpha' vehicles earlier this year, a spokesperson for the Victorian Department of Transportation has told CarAdvice.
As reported last week, Victorians are permitted to have the airbags replaced in Stage 3 and Stage 4 lockdown.
Queensland and New South Wales each have about 1400 cars still on the road with the potentially deadly Takata airbags fitted. A Transport for New South Wales spokesperson has told CarAdvice the department began implementing registration suspension restrictions on 'Alpha' airbags in April 2020.
As of 30 June 2020, there were about 400 cars in Western Australia fitted with 'critical' airbags, as well as 150 in the ACT, 70 in the NT, and 50 in Tasmania.
To find out if your car is affected, text 'TAKATA' to 0487 AIRBAG (0487 247 224) or click here.