Local drivers who are yet to replace potentially deadly Takata airbags within their vehicles, risk having their registration suspended.

From Tuesday, Access Canberra will begin the process of suspending or cancelling the registrations of cars known to have the Alpha and critical non-alpha type airbags.

The compulsory recall of the airbags was first announced back in 2018, since then more than 71,000 ACT registered vehicles have had their airbags replaced.

However, ACT Consumer Affairs Minister Shane Rattenbury said, as of last month, more than 1,200 vehicles were still getting around Canberra roads with the airbags in place.

“These vehicle owners have received repeated notifications and warnings from vehicle manufacturers and Access Canberra. If they do not take action, the Government will have to take these cars off the road for the safety of the community.

“The risk of harm is very real. There have been more than 330 injuries and 30 deaths worldwide, including one death and three injuries in Australia because of these airbags.”

Drivers who are unsure if their airbag is affected by the compulsory recall can search their vehicle here.

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