Labor reiterates its calls on the Minister responsible for product safety to use his statutory powers and immediately issue a compulsory recall of Takata ‘Alpha’ airbags, following a publication by Choice yesterday revealing the extent to which some companies have sought to play-down the risk these Takata airbags pose to Australian motorists and families.
The Minister should not wait one day longer before using the emergency powers available to him and make the Takata recall compulsory.
One Australian has already died from Takata airbags misfiring. And millions of ticking time bombs remain on our roads.
It is now clear there remains a significant threat to the safety of nearly 50,000 Australian motorists and their families, who are driving around with ‘Alpha’ Takata airbags in their cars.
A compulsory recall empowers the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to take direct control over the recall process.
Takata’s ‘Alpha’ airbags were found to have a failure rate of one in two, compared with a failure rate of other types of Takata airbags of 0.27 per cent.
TUESDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2017