Hundreds of thousands of Queensland cars with faulty airbags

More than 325,000 cars with the deadly Takata airbags were still circulating Queensland, which has prompted an urgent warning from the State’s peak motoring body for drivers not to become complacent about having airbags replaced.

The ACCC on Thursday released data which detailed recall rates for deadly Takata airbags, which revealed, across the country, more than 1.8 million potentially deadly airbags still needed to be replaced as part of the compulsory recall, which would run until 2020.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding joined the ACCC and implored motorists not to ignore the danger and to act quickly if they received correspondence from a manufacturer about airbag replacements.

“Put your own safety, and the safety of your family first,” Mr Spalding said.

“These airbags can become lethal if they mis-deploy, potentially shooting shards of metal at the car’s driver and occupants.

“The replacement process may be a little inconvenient, but at the end of the day you could be driving around with a ticking timebomb in your car.”

The ACCC report revealed the most dangerous airbags, known as “alpha” airbags, were initially fitted in about 115,000 cars, with around 19,500 potentially still on the road.

Mr Spalding said alarmingly ACCC data showed of the 19,500 cars with faulty “alpha” airbags, around 2,500 were registered in Queensland.

“These “alpha” airbags can kill at any moment and need urgent replacement,” he said.

“Motorists shouldn’t be driving these cars until the airbags are fixed.”

Over the past 12 months, 1.1 million faulty Takata airbags had been replaced in around 930,000 vehicles.

Drivers could perform a simple check online to confirm their cars were safe.