The recall was ordered as far back as 2009 with a shade over three million vehicles in Australia from 60 makes affected, including Honda, Toyota, BMW, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Lexus, Jeep, Nissan, Chrysler, and Dodge.
The consumer watchdog said on Friday about 180,000 airbags — 4.4% of the total to be recalled — were yet to be replaced in 155,000 vehicles which make up 5.1 of the automobiles affected.
“These airbags are extremely dangerous and have the potential to misdeploy, sending sharp metal fragments into the vehicle cabin at high speed, with the potential to kill or seriously injure the occupants,” ACCC deputy chairwoman Delia Rickard said.
The ACCC said more than 6000 of these vehicles were in such a dangerous condition that they should not be driven at all.
It said: "These vehicles contain the highest risk ‘critical’ airbags, and states and territories will be de-registering them to take them off our roads. Some states and territories are also preventing re-registration of unregistered vehicles unless there is evidence that the affected airbag has been replaced."
Added Rickard: “If your vehicle contains a ‘critical’ airbag, you should stop driving it immediately and contact the manufacturer to arrange for it to be towed or a technician to be sent to you so the airbag can be replaced.
“There are only six months left for manufacturers to meet their replacement obligations, and while the compulsory recall is progressing well, it is important to get these remaining deadly airbags off our roads.”