A disturbing number of cars are still driving on Gold Coast and Tweed roads with potentially deadly airbags that need to be urgently replaced.
New figures released by Australia’s consumer watchdog show there are 2554 cars across the region still carrying the dangerous Takata airbags.
Upper Coomera has the highest amount of any suburb still outstanding across the whole of Queensland with 276.
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There are 234 vehicles in Southport, 224 in Nerang and 212 in Surfers Paradise.
“These airbags are very dangerous and have the potential to explode with too much force, even in minor accidents, sending sharp metal fragments into the vehicle at high speed, potentially killing or seriously injuring its occupants,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
There have been more than 330 injuries and 30 deaths reported worldwide, with one death and three injuries in Australia.
The ACCC says manufacturers have been having trouble contacting some drivers.
“Anyone whose car is subject to the recall should not delay and contact a dealership to book their car in urgently for a free airbag replacement,” Ms Rickard said.
“A number of state and territory registration authorities are also imposing registration sanctions in relation to vehicles affected by the compulsory recall. If you don’t act now, registration of your vehicle could be at risk.”
Nationwide, around 3.7 million airbags have now been replaced with 107,000 airbags in 90,000 cars still outstanding.
Across Queensland there are still 15,912 cars on the roads with the potentially deadly airbags.
Consumers can visit ismyairbagsafe.com.au, or contact their manufacturer to check if their vehicle is affected.