The apparent history of how ‘Australia’ handled the recall is a sad indictment on government and its agencies.
Considering the established danger of the Takata airbags, that the supply chain still struggles to supply replacement units, and that the manufacturers essentially fiddled while their customers could be harmed, one may wonder why those in situ airbags are not disabled until they can be replaced properly, with visible signage applied to the vehicle and that action being registered in the rego systems to keep proper records.
A bit of history and explanation about air bags is here. The main thing is unlike the USA where airbags are primary, they are supposed to be a secondary safety devices in Australia. If a safety device is suspect why is it there?
An answer may be that if government allowed them to be disabled government or manufacturers could be held liable for deaths or injuries that might have been prevented or mitigated if the (even if defective and possibly deadly) airbag had been deployed. It would seem that could be legislated away and be a win-win.
Owners would win by the spectre of being killed by an exploding airbag being removed, manufacturers would win by reducing costs and having a path to address the backlog of vehicles needing remediation until it can be done right… There was a time after seat belts and before air bags, wasn’t there?
There are other issues, but this fiasco got me thinking…