The government has given its final warning to nearly 80,000 Honda, Subaru and Mazda owners who have yet to get their Takata airbag modules replaced. According to the Malay Mail, transport minister Anthony Loke said all three automakers currently have enough airbag supplies to accommodate the recall exercise.

He also said owners involved in the recall have less than two months to change their airbags before getting blacklisted by the Road Transport Department (JPJ). “I have asked the companies to send final reminder within two weeks. After that JPJ will issue Notice 114 to summon these car owners to update their status.”

“If they still ignore the notice after a month, we will begin the blacklisting process, which means they will not be able to renew their road taxes,” Loke said at a press conference recently, adding that a grace period of two to three months will be given to owners of BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota as their service centres currently lack supplies.

Loke explained that the government has no intention to burden the people, but this was the last resort to ensure the safety of motorists whose vehicles are still equipped with the potentially faulty Takata airbag modules.

“It’s not even that hard to pop by the workshop and change the airbags. For free, too. It will probably take only two hours. If we don’t threaten them with the word ‘blacklist’, they will never do it. They should realise what matters most is their lives, not the road tax renewal,” he added.

Loke revealed that, since June 26, the government has spent RM1 million to send out letters to 408,551 motorists but only 70,853 have actually taken action.