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Sunday Territorian 6 Oct 2019



Sunday Territorian 6 Oct 2019


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SUNDAY OCTOBER 6 2019 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA REMOTE Territory motorists could unknowingly be driving a ticking time bomb likely to explode at any second because no one has been able to alert them to the risk. This is one of the biggest fears of Australias consumer watchdog, the ACCC, which has reissued its warning about faulty car airbags. ACCC boss Rod Sims issued a warning through the NT News last month about the grave fears he had for motorists living in the tropical Top End with faulty car airbags. He said Top End drivers were most at risk of serious injury or death if they do not get their cars fixed because the faulty airbags deteriorate faster in tropical climates. So far more than 20,000 NT cars have been fixed. The ACCC has issued another urgent recall of about 20,000 cars nationwide fitted with faulty Takata airbags which have reached their critical risk period and are considered too dangerous to even drive. The cars include certain models made by BMW, Honda, Mitsubishi, Holden and Toyota. Airbag risk at highest in north GARY SHIPWAY gary.shipway@news.com.au ACCC boss Rod Sims told the Sunday Territorian the original Takata airbag deteriorated after six years. What should be of serious concern to Top End motorists is that they deteriorate faster in the tropics, Mr Sims said. In the Territory we have a particular concern about people in remote areas. We have sent outreach teams to a range of areas throughout the Territory to try and put on a bit of a road show to make them aware of the dangers of not getting their airbags attended to. If people are extreme distances from the dealer then it is the dealer who has to go and get the car. There are two types of airbags and this includes ones that are a complete risk now called the alpha bags. We think there are only 30 to 40 of those in the Territory. It could be that those cars have been made redundant and are no longer in use, but if anyone has one of those I am warning Territorians not to drive it. Get someone to come to you. Otherwise it is a matter of checking the website to know if your car is on the list. Go to: IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au Roosters, Raiders fans keen for showdown JUDITH AISTHORPE THE Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders will go head-to-head tonight in the hope of being crowned 2019 National Rugby League premiers. While the game will be held at Sydneys ANZ Stadi um, footy fever has hit the Top End. NRL fans Bruce Kennon, who owns The Rugby Shop, and Lyall Beveridge will make sure they find themselves in front of a television come kick-off time. Mr Beveridge is a huge Manly Sea Eagles fan, but is barracking for the Roosters this year as they are also from Sydney. He said hes been a fan for years. Ive played it (rugby league) for a little bit, and Ive been closely watching the finals and its been good so far, he said. Hes confident the Roosters will be able to smash the Raiders. It might be a bit hard to watch because we might be winning by a bit too much, he said. He intends to head to the Mindil Beach Casino Resorts sports bar to watch the game. The NRL final kicks-off at 6pm NT time. The Rugby Shop owner Bruce Kennon and Roosters fan Lyall Beveridge are excited Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Contact us on: 08 8981 6868 or info@peewees.com.au WATERFRONT RESTAURANT AND FUNCTION COMPLEX IN DARWIN